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Table of  Contents   FAMILY  AND  STUDENT  HANDBOOK .............................................................................................................3   ACADEMY  MISSION  STATEMENT ...................................................................................................................................... 4   GEE  MISSION  STATEMENT ................................................................................................................................................ 4   BOARD  OF  DIRECTORS....................................................................................................................................................... 4   SERVICE  PROVIDER............................................................................................................................................................ 4   ADMISSION  POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................... 5   Application  Process....................................................................................................................................................... 5   Open  Enrollment  (for  new  students) ............................................................................................................................ 5   Re-­‐Enrollment  (for  returning  students) ........................................................................................................................ 5   ATTENDANCE .................................................................................................................................................................... 5   Excused  Absences ......................................................................................................................................................... 5   Unexcused  Absences..................................................................................................................................................... 6   Truancy......................................................................................................................................................................... 6   Loss  of  Credit ................................................................................................................................................................ 6   Extended  Absences ....................................................................................................................................................... 7   Tardiness ...................................................................................................................................................................... 7   Retention  Policy............................................................................................................................................................ 7   Absence  from  Physical  Education  Classes  and/or  Recess ............................................................................................. 7   BUILDING  HOURS .............................................................................................................................................................. 8   CONTACT  INFORMATION .................................................................................................................................................. 8   CHARACTER  TRAITS ........................................................................................................................................................... 9   COMPUTER/INTERNET  POLICY ........................................................................................................................................ 10   Unacceptable  Use....................................................................................................................................................... 10   Student  Responsibilities.............................................................................................................................................. 10   VIDEO  FILMING  AND  PRESENTATION.............................................................................................................................. 11   PRIVACY  OF  INDIVIDUALS  AND/OR  THE  DISTRICT ........................................................................................................... 11   DRESS  CODE  POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................ 12   ELECTRONIC  DEVICE  POLICY............................................................................................................................................ 13   EMERGENCY  AND  ILLNESS  PROCEDURE .......................................................................................................................... 13   Illness.......................................................................................................................................................................... 13   Medication ................................................................................................................................................................. 13   FAMILY  EDUCATIONAL  RIGHTS  AND  PRIVACY  ACT  (FERPA)............................................................................................. 14   FIELD  TRIP  POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................... 15   LOST  &  FOUND  POLICY .................................................................................................................................................... 15   PARENT  PARTICIPATION  POLICY...................................................................................................................................... 15   PUBLIC  VISITATION  POLICY ............................................................................................................................................. 16   REPORTS  &  CONFERENCES .............................................................................................................................................. 16   ACADEMIC  INFORMATION .............................................................................................................................................. 17   Dual  Enrollment.......................................................................................................................................................... 17   Honor  Roll................................................................................................................................................................... 18   Guidance  &  Counseling............................................................................................................................................... 18  

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Community Service  Program ...................................................................................................................................... 18   STUDENT  ASSESSMENT ................................................................................................................................................... 19   TEXTBOOK  POLICY........................................................................................................................................................... 19   ATHLETIC  POLICY............................................................................................................................................................. 20   TITLE  IX:  DISCRIMINATION  POLICY .................................................................................................................................. 20   Sexual  Harassment  Defined........................................................................................................................................ 21   Gender  Discrimination  Defined................................................................................................................................... 21  

STUDENT CODE  OF  CONDUCT ....................................................................................................................23   GOALS  &  OBJECTIVES ...................................................................................................................................................... 24   LEGAL  BASIS  FOR  SCHOOL  DISCIPLINE............................................................................................................................. 24   RESPONSIBILITIES  &  RIGHTS  OF  STUDENTS ..................................................................................................................... 25   Student  Responsibilities.............................................................................................................................................. 25   Classroom  Behavioral  Expectations............................................................................................................................ 25   Bullying  and  Other  Aggressive  Behavior  Policy .......................................................................................................... 26   Tobacco  free  School  Policy ......................................................................................................................................... 29   Protection  From  Corporal  Punishment ....................................................................................................................... 29   LAW  ENFORCEMENT ....................................................................................................................................................... 30   SEARCH  &  SEIZURE .......................................................................................................................................................... 30   FREEDOM  OF  SPEECH...................................................................................................................................................... 31   STUDENT  PUBLICATIONS................................................................................................................................................. 31   MARRIED  AND/OR  PREGNANT  STUDENTS ...................................................................................................................... 32   SPECIAL  EDUCATION  STUDENTS...................................................................................................................................... 32   CODE  VIOLATIONS  AND  CONSEQUENCES ....................................................................................................................... 33   RANGE  OF  PENALTIES...................................................................................................................................................... 38   Suspension  and  Expulsions  in  General........................................................................................................................ 38   Due  Process ................................................................................................................................................................ 38   Types  of  Suspensions  and  Expulsions ......................................................................................................................... 39   Petitioning  for  Reinstatement .................................................................................................................................... 40   THE  APPEAL  PROCESS...................................................................................................................................................... 42   Discipline  Cases  Other  Than  Expulsion ....................................................................................................................... 42   Appeal  of  Expulsion  Cases .......................................................................................................................................... 42   PARENT/STUDENT  TITLE  I  COMPACT............................................................................................................................... 43   PARENT/STUDENT  ACKNOWLEDGMENT  OF  RECEIPT ..................................................................................................... 45   [RETURN]  PARENT/STUDENT  ACKNOWLEDGMENT  OF  RECEIPT..................................................................................... 46  

It  is  the  policy  and  practice  of  the  academy  to  provide  equal  educational  opportunities.  Programs  will  be   administered   without   regard   to   race,   religion,   physical   or   mental   challenges,   gender,   national   origin,   ancestry,   age,   weight,   height,   marital   status,   or   any   other   legally   protected   characteristic.   This   policy   is   carried   out   in   all   of   the   school’s   practices.

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Family and  Student  Handbook  

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Academy Mission  Statement   To  promote  lifelong  learning  by  nurturing  academic  excellence,  positive  character  traits,  and  an   appreciation  of  cultures.

GEE Mission  Statement   Global   Educational   Excellence   (GEE)   empowers   “schools   of   choice”   by   nurturing   academic   excellence,  positive  character  traits,  and  an  appreciation  of  cultures.  

Board of  Directors   Each   GEE   charter   academy   has   its   own   Board   of   Directors.   The   Board   consists   of   community   members,   parents  of  students,  and  outstanding  citizens  nominated  to  these  positions.  The  Charter  Authorizer  approves   each  Board  member.  The  School  Board  is  the  governing  body  of  GEE  and  the  respective  schools  under  GEE’s   jurisdiction.   The   School   Board   holds   monthly   meetings   to   resolve   important   school   matters.   Members   of   the   public  are  always  welcome  and  encouraged  to  attend  School  Board  meetings.  The  schedule  is  posted  in  the   office  at  each  school  and  on  the  school’s  website.  

Service Provider   Mohamad  Issa  and  Dr.  Said  Issa  founded  GEE  in  1998  to  offer  the  high  quality  educational  services.  Both  have   extensive   experience   in   educational   management   and   leadership.   Mohamad   Issa   has   worked   with   start-­‐up   academies   for   over   thirteen   years,   providing   business   and   management   expertise   to   enable   academies   to   maximize  resources  while  maintaining  an  excellent  educational  environment.       Dr.   Said   Issa’s   medical   training   has   given   him   a   unique   perspective   on   child   development   and   intellectual   growth.  Together,  they  established  GEE  as  a  vehicle  to  develop  a  nurturing  educational  environment  where   all  children  are  offered  quality  educational  opportunities.       As   the   service   provider   for   ten   charter   academies,   GEE   manages   financial   information,   human   resources,   the   development   and   implementation   of   a   curriculum,   grant   writing,   the   implementation   of   government   regulations,   the   maintenance   of   the   school’s   physical   facility   and   environment,   and   student   educational   record-­‐keeping.  With  the  guidance  of  the  School  Board,  GEE  recruits  and  engages  academy  staff  members,   including  teachers  and  administrators  who  are  best  suited  to  the  school  and  its  student  community.  

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Admission Policy   Each  GEE  academy  is  a  public  charter  school.  GEE  academies  do  not  deny  admission  to  anyone  on  the  basis  of   intellectual  or  athletic  ability,  measures  of  achievement  or  aptitude,  physical  handicaps,  religion,  creed,  race,   gender,  color,  or  national  origin.  

Application Process   There   are   two   enrollment   periods   for   GEE   charter   schools.   There   is   an   open   enrollment   period   for   students  interested  in  attending  a  GEE  Academy  for  the  first  time.  The  re-­‐enrollment  time  period  is  for   students  returning  to  a  GEE  Academy  for  another  year.      

Open Enrollment  (for  new  students)   • • • • • •

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After accommodating  all  re-­‐enrolling  students,  siblings  have  second  priority.   New  students  have  the  next  priority.  During  the  open  enrollment  period  new  students  should  send  in   their  applications.   If  there  are  more  new  students  than  there  are  spaces  available  for  them  (after  siblings  and  returning   students)  a  random  selection  drawing  will  be  scheduled.     Public  officials  will  conduct  the  random  selection  drawing  and  the  new  students  will  be  placed  on  the   waiting  list  according  to  their  order  in  the  lottery  selection.       Students  who  apply  after  the  lottery  drawing  will  be  added  on  the  list  in  the  order  they  enroll.   Whenever  spaces  become  available  during  the  academic  year,  families  on  the  waiting  list  will  be   contacted.  If  interested,  the  child  will  be  registered  immediately  only  if  the  student  has  a  complete   application  on  file  or  the  next  person  on  the  list  will  be  contacted  until  all  spaces  are  filled.  It  is  very   important  to  update  your  contact  information  so  you  don’t  miss  the  opportunity  when  it  comes.   Registration  and  waiting  lists  will  NOT  carry  over  to  the  following  academic  year.  Interested  families   must  fill  out  a  new  Student  Enrollment  Application  for  each  academic  year.     Students  who  have  been  expelled  from  other  schools  will  not  be  admitted  to  the  Academy.   Only  legal  guardians  or  parents  may  enroll  a  student.    

Re-­‐enrollment (for  returning  students)   •

Interested students  must  re-­‐enroll  for  the  following  school  year  during  the  time  period  set  by  the   School  Board  by  submitting  an  application  form  by  the  deadline  established  by  the  Academy.  

Attendance The   law   in   Michigan   governing   compulsory   attendance   requires   a   parent,   legal   guardian,   or   other   person   having   control   or   charge   of   a   child   age   six   to   sixteen   to   send   the   child   to   school   during  the  entire  school  year.      

Excused Absences   An   absence   will   be   considered   excused   when   the   parent/guardian   informs   the   school   by   9:00   a.m.   the   day   of   the   absence.   If   there   is   no   notification   before   this   time,   the   absence   WILL   BE   UNEXCUSED.   NO  

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EXCEPTIONS.   Excused  absences  are:   • Religious  observations   • Personal  sickness  (including  medical  and  dental  visits)  or  illness  of  a  family  member   • Death  in  the  family   • Court  Matters   • Other  urgent  situations   All   homework   missed   due   to   excused   absences   can   be   made   up.   Students   are   allowed   two   days   to   make   up  a  missed  assignment.  It  is  the  student’s  responsibility  to  find  out  what  assignments  they  have  missed.  

Unexcused Absences   When   the   parent/guardian   does   not   inform   the   school   of   the   child’s   absence   and   reason   for   the   absence   by  9:00  a.m.  that  school  day,  the  absence  is  marked  unexcused.  After  the  third  (3rd)  unexcused  absence,   a   meeting   will   be   held   with   the   principal   and   the   parent.   If   the   matter   is   not   resolved   through   the   meeting  with  the  principal,  the  matter  will  be  referred  to  the  truancy  prosecution  office  in  the  county.   • •

Homework due  the  day  of  an  unexcused  absence  will  not  be  accepted.   Homework  assigned  on  the  day  of  an  unexcused  absence  cannot  be  made  up.  

Truancy Truancy  is  a  child’s  willful  absence  without  lawful  excuse  from  one  or  more  class  periods  on  ten  or  more   different  school  days.  When  a  student  is  classified  as  a  continuing  truant,  the  school  may  notify  the   student’s  parent  or  legal  guardian  that  the  child  is  considered  truant  and  inform  the  parents  of  the   provisions  of  Michigan  Compulsory  Attendance  Law  regarding  truant  students.  The  school  may  also  refer   a  continuing  truant  to  the  County  Attorney’s  Office  Truancy  Intervention  Program.   •

Maintaining good  school  attendance  is  necessary  to  ensure  the  successful  academic  achievement  of   students.  However,  if  there  is  a  pattern  of  poor  attendance,  which  includes  unexcused  or  truant   absences,  the  parent  and  student  will  be  subject  to  appear  at  a  truancy  adjudication  hearing.    

After the  student  has  five  (5)  unexcused  absences,  the  school  will  call  the  parent/guardian  or  send  a   reminder  letter  about  the  student’s  attendance.  

After ten  (10)  unexcused  absences,  the  school  will  send  a  warning  letter,  reminding  the  parent  of  the   need  to  improve  the  student’s  attendance  and  compulsory  attendance  law.  The  school  will  work   closely  with  both  student  and  parent  to  improve  the  student’s  attendance.  

However, after  a  student  has  eighteen  (18)  –  twenty  (20)  unexcused  absences,  school  officials  may   file  a  truancy  petition  for  court  action.    

Loss of  Credit   After   ten   (10)   excused   or   unexcused   absences,   a   student   may   lose   credit   for   the   classes   the   student   is   enrolled  in  that  semester.  

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Extended Absences  (Excused  or  Unexcused)   After  10  consecutive  absences  the  school  board  has  the  authority  under  conference  with  the  parent  and   school  administration  to  withdraw  a  student  from  the  Academy  and  the  student  can  reapply  to  the  GEE   Academy  during  enrollment  period.  

Tardiness • • • • •

A tardy  is  considered  excused  if  the  parent  walks  in  with  the  child  and  signs  his/her  child  in  if  they   arrive  before  the  9:00  a.m.  absence  deadline.   If  a  student  is  going  to  arrive  at  school  later  than  9:00  a.m.,  the  parent  must  call  the  attendance  line   and  let  the  school  know.   If  there  is  no  phone  call  prior  to  9:00  a.m.  the  student  will  be  marked  absent.   Five  (5)  unexcused  tardies  will  be  counted  as  one  unexcused  absence.       After  the  fifth  (5)  unexcused  tardy  a  student  will  NOT  be  allowed  in  school  without  a  parent-­‐principal   conference  held  to  develop  a  plan  on  how  to  decrease  the  student’s  tardiness.  

Retention Policy   The   school   board   has   the   authority   to   retain   pupils   on   the   basis   of   their   failure   to   achieve   at   the   appropriate   level   or   on   school   year   attendance.   It   is   the   policy   of   the   school   board   that   students   who   fail   three   of   the   five   core   subjects   (Reading,   Writing,   Math,   Science   and   Social   Studies)   the   student   will   be   retained.   Regarding   the   rights   of   a   parent   on   this   issue,   the   law   does   recognize:   “It   is   the   natural,   fundamental   rights   of   parents   as   legal   guardians   to   direct   the   care,   teaching   and   education   of   their   children.   The   public   schools   of   this   state   serve   the   needs   of   the   pupils   by   cooperating   with   the   pupil’s   parent   and   legal   guardians   to   develop   the   pupil’s   intellectual   capabilities   and   vocational   skills   in   a   safe   and  positive  manner.”     This   authority   does   not   give   a   parent   the   ability   to   determine   at   what   grade   level   their   child   shall   be   placed.   While   the   school   board   policy   may   consider   the   recommendation   of   a   parent   as   an   objective   standard   and   incorporate   it   in   the   promotion   and   retention   recommendations,   the   ultimate   decision   lies   with  the  school  and  school  board.     High   school   students   may   have   the   opportunity   to   recover   credit   at   the   Academy,   after   school   or   on   a   Saturday  based  on  student  and  Academy  schedules.  Only  those  students  who  have  transferred  into  the   Academy  from  a  school  out  of  state  or  the  United  States  can  recover  credit  during  school  day  hours.   Summer   school   programs   for   elementary   and   middle   schools   are   not   a   recovery   program.   For   those   students   who   participate   in   the   summer   school   program,   it   does   not   replace   the   recommendation   for   retention  by  the  Academy.  

Absence from  Physical  Education  Classes  and/or  Recess   Requests   that   a   child   be   excused   from   Physical   Education   or   outdoor   play   at   recess   need   to   be   accompanied   by   a   note   from   the   parent   or   physician   explaining   the   reason.   Parents   that   request   their   child   not   participate   in   Physical   Education   or   recess   for   more   than   a   day   should   submit   a   physician’s   statement   giving   the   physical   reason   for   the   excuse   from   gym.   Both   physical   education   and   outdoor   recess  are  considered  a  part  of  the  school  program  and  children  are  expected  to  participate  in  them.    

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Building Hours   Bridge  Academy  –  East  Elementary:  

Bridge Academy  –  West  Middle:  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

Central Academy:  

Edmonson Academy:  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:00  pm    FULL  DAY    

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

8:00  am  –  4:00  pm  [FOR  AT  RISK  YOUTH]   Tuesday,  Wednesday,  &  Thursday    

 

Frontier International  Academy:  

Global Heights  Academy:  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

Riverside Academy  –  East  Elementary:  

Riverside Academy  –  West    

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

GEE White  Academy:  

8:00 am  -­‐  3:30  pm    FULL  DAY  

  Contact  Information   Please  feel  free  to  call  the  school  at  any  time  with  questions  or  concerns.  The  contact  information  for  each   academy  is  listed  on  the  Handbook  Cover.  If  the  parent  needs  to  reach  a  teacher,  the  best  times  to  call  are   before   or   after   the   school   day.   During   the   school   day   the   parent   may   leave   a   message   and   the   call   will   be   returned  when  the  teacher  is  available.  Students  with  urgent  or  emergency  matters  have  a  phone  available   to  them  during  the  day  in  the  school  office.  Parents  are  not  permitted  to  call  or  text  the  child’s  cell  phone   during   the   school   day   as   this   will   result   in   a   discipline   violation   for   the   student   and   confiscation   of   the   student’s  phone.

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Character Traits   We  believe  that  building  strong  character  traits  is  an  integral  aspect  of  the  educational  experience.  Here  at   GEE  we  are  not  only  interested  in  producing  good  students  but  also  good  people.  The  GEE  staff  has  identified   the  following  character  traits  as  important  for  the  development  of  responsible  students  and  citizens.  These   character  traits  are  taught  and  practiced  throughout  the  school  year  in  a  variety  of  lessons  and  settings.   Respect  -­‐  Respect  is  the  foundation  for  a  safe  and  peaceful  school  environment  that  is  conducive  to  learning.   Respect  may  be  further  divided  into  respect  for  oneself,  respect  for  others  and  respect  for  property   Responsible  -­‐  We  are  responsible  for  our  own  thoughts,  actions  and  feelings,  taking  pride  in  our  efforts  and   successes.  It  also  means  that  we  admit  when  there  is  need  for  improvement.  We  apply  what  we  have  learned   and  make  appropriate  decisions.   Appreciate-­‐  Appreciating  the  wonder  and  beauty  of  the  world  and  its  people   Commit-­‐  Being  committed  to  their  learning,  persevering,  and  showing  self-­‐discipline  and  responsibility   Cooperate-­‐   We   believe   that   by   working   together   we   will   produce   quality   work   and   achieve   academic   excellence       Creative-­‐  Being  creative  and  imaginative  in  their  thinking  and  in  their  approach  to  problems  and  dilemmas   Curious-­‐  Being  curious  about  the  nature  of  learning  and  of  the  world,  its  people  and  cultures   Empathy-­‐  Imaginatively  projecting  ones  self  into  another’s  situation,  in  order  to  understand  his/her  thoughts,   reasoning  and  emotions   Integrity-­‐  Having  integrity  and  a  firm  sense  of  fairness  and  honesty   Tolerant-­‐  Feeling  sensitivity  towards  differences  and  diversity  in  the  world  and  being  responsive  to  the  needs   of  others  

Computer/Internet  Policy   Internet   services   are   available   to   all   students   for   the   purposes   of   instruction   and   academic   support.   Students   are   expected   to   conduct   themselves   ethically   and   be   mindful   of   all   applicable   laws   and   regulations.   They   should  be  familiar  with  procedures  for  accessing  email  and/or  the  Internet  and  have  participated  in  training   provided   by   the   school.   School   policy   states   that   ALL   students   must   have   a   signed   Acceptable   Use   Policy   form  on  file  before  they  are  allowed  to  use  the  Internet  independently.     The  following  are  unacceptable  uses  of  e-­‐mail/Internet  by  students  who  access  the  network  through  school   accounts  or  using  school-­‐owned  equipment,  any  of  which  will  result  in  the  revocation  of  Internet  privileges   for  either  the  remainder  of  the  school  year  or  while  the  student  is  enrolled  or,  depending  on  the  nature  of   the  offense,  detention  or  suspension.    

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All students  should  be  aware  that  the  school  tracks  all  student  use  of  computers  through  a  system  that  not   only   records   where   the   student   visited   on   the   Internet   but   names   and   passwords;   therefore   if   a   student   accesses  a  password  protected  site  (i.e.  Facebook)  from  a  school  computer  that  student’s  account  falls  under   Search  and  Seizure  laws.  

Unacceptable use  includes  but  is  not  limited  to:   • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accessing any  social  network  programs,  chat  rooms  or  video  websites   Sending  or  displaying  offensive  messages  or  pictures;   Using  obscene,  harassing,  or  insulting  language;   Violating  copyright  laws  or  fair  use  practices;   Trespassing  in  others’  folders,  documents,  or  files;   Using  the  network  for  commercial  or  political  purposes;   Using  the  network  to  access  inappropriate  materials;   Intentionally  damaging  computers,  computer  systems,  or  computer  networks;   Using  other’s  passwords;   Indiscriminate  personal  use  –  purchases,  personal  emailing,  or  “instant  messaging”;   Downloading  software  without  permission  of  school  administration  or  network  technician  ;   Other  behaviors  in  violation  of  Academy  policy,  state  statutes,  or  federal  laws.  

Student Responsibilities   Authorized   usage:     Students   using   school   district   technology   as   an   educational   resource   shall   also   accept   the   responsibility   for   the   preservation   and   care   of   that   technology.   Only   those   students   with   appropriate   and   explicit   authorization   may   use   Academy   technology   resources.   It   is   the   student’s   responsibility   to   obtain  written  permission  from  an  authorized  person  before  removing  any  technology  resource  from  the   school   premises.   Each   student   who   takes   possession   of   school   equipment   acknowledges   that   he/she   will   be  the  sole  operator,  whether  on  or  off  the  school  premises.  

Video  Filming  and  Presentation     It   is   the   student’s   responsibility   to   secure   permission   from   the   principal   to   air   a   video   production   in   a   classroom  or  online  (i.e.  Facebook  or  YouTube).  Appropriate  visual,  textual,  and  audio  content  is  expected.    It   is  the  student’s  responsibility  to  obtain  the  appropriate  consent  of  people,  places  and/or  events  being  shown   in  a  video  production.  It  is  the  student’s  responsibility  to  be  aware  that  cultural  traditions  may  preclude  an   individual   from   participating   in   video   production.   The   supervising   teacher   or   a   designated   individual   will   assist  students  in  making  appropriate  decisions.   Any   video/multimedia   display   not   authorized   by   the   Academy   administration   that   is   distributed   on   the   internet  subjects  the  student  to  school  and  legal  authority.  Disciplinary  actions   can  range   from  suspension  to   expulsion.  

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Privacy of  Individuals  and/or  the  District     It   is   the   student’s   responsibility   to   respect   the   privacy   of   others   and   to   maintain   his/her   own   privacy   regarding  electronic  resources  and  passwords.   Students   shall   not   access,   copy,   or   modify   passwords,   files,   email,   voice   mail,   or   other   materials   belonging   to   other  users  without  explicit  authorization  of  the  supervising  teacher  or  designated  supervisor.  In  the  case  of   suspected   misuse   or   threat   to   electronic   systems,   system   administrators   have   the   responsibility   to   review   passwords,  files,  email,  voice  mail,  or  other  materials  stored  on  any  district  system  by  users.   A   student   shall   not   publish   the   works   of   others   in   print   or   electronically.   A   student   shall   not   publish   or   disseminate  personally  identifiable  information  of  a  student.  Personally  identifiable  information  includes,  but   is  not  limited  to,  the  student’s  name,  name  of  the  student’s  parent  or  other  family  member,  address  of  the   student   or   student’s   family,   a   personal   identifier   (such   as   the   student’s   social   security   number   or   student   number),   or   a   list   of   personal   characteristics   or   other   information   that   would   make   the   student’s   identity   easily  traceable,  including  visual  images.          

  Dress  Code  Policy    

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Dress Code  Summary    

Grades K  –  5   Navy  blue  shirts  embroidered   with  school  name  

SHIRTS

PANTS

Navy blue  polo  shirts   embroidered  with  school   name  

Grades 9  -­‐  12   Frontier  International   Academy,  Riverside  Academy   West  and  Central  Academy     Males:  White,  button-­‐down   long-­‐sleeve  dress  shirt  with   navy  blue  tie     Females:  White  polo  shirt  with   a  collar  or  Navy  blue  polo   shirts  embroidered  with  school   name  

Khaki dress  pants  

Khaki dress  pants  

NO DENIM  (JEANS),   SWEATPANTS,  NYLON  PANTS,   SHORTS  

NO DENIM  (JEANS),   SWEATPANTS,  NYLON  PANTS,   NO  DENIM  (JEANS),   CARGO  PANTS,  SHORTS   SWEATPANTS,  NYLON  PANTS,   CARGO  PANTS,  SHORTS  

Navy blue,  black,  or  khaki  dress   pants  

Navy blue,  white,  or  black  socks   must  be  worn  at  all  times.  

Navy blue,  white,  or  black   dress  socks  must  be  worn  at   all  times.  

Navy blue,  white,  or  black   dress  socks  must  be  worn  at  all   times.  

Black Rubber  Sole  Shoes  

Black Rubber  Sole  Shoes  

Black Rubber  Sole  Shoes  

No open-­‐back,  open-­‐toe,  or  high-­‐ heeled  shoes.  

No open-­‐back,  open-­‐toe,  or   high-­‐heeled  shoes.  

No open-­‐back,  open-­‐toe,  or   high-­‐heeled  shoes.  

Solid White  Turtle-­‐Neck  Shirts   may  be  worn  during  cold   weather,  UNDER  the  Academy   shirts.  

Solid White  Turtle-­‐Neck  Shirts   may  be  worn  during  cold   weather,  UNDER  the  Academy   shirts.      

Solid White  Turtle-­‐Neck  Shirts   may  be  worn  during  cold   weather,  UNDER  the  white   button  down  dress  shirt  for   males  or  UNDER  the  white  or   navy  polo  shirts  for  females.     *Blue  Vests  may  be  purchased   at  the  Academy  office  for  cold   weather.  

COLD WEATHER SHOES SOCKS  

Grades 6  -­‐  8  

 

Dress Code  Notes   Decisions  made  by  the  administration  regarding  a  student’s  dress  are  based  on  the  distraction  that  the   clothing  causes  to  the  learning  environment  or  safety  to  the  student  and  others.  

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Please observe  the  following  at  all  times:   • Clothes,  jewelry,  symbols,  or  anything  that  may  be  offensive,  inappropriate,  and/or  disruptive  or   denote  membership  in  a  gang  are  not  allowed.   • No  graffiti  on  the  school  uniform  is  permitted  (including  signatures  on  shirts  and  other  clothing)   • Belts  must  not  have  any  large  displays  or  graphics  on  the  belt  or  the  buckle.   • Modesty  in  general  appearance  (including  nails,  make-­‐up,  and  hairstyles)  for  both  girls  and  boys.   • No  flashy  jewelry  of  any  kind  is  allowed.  Any  lost  items  are  the  student’s  responsibility.   • The  girls’  head  cover,  if  worn,  must  be  solid  black  or  white.   • Girls’  jilbab  or  coat,  if  worn,  must  be  solid  navy  blue  or  black.   • Pants  worn  under  the  jilbab  or  coat  must  be  navy  blue  or  black  dress  pants.    NO  jeans  will  be  allowed   under  the  jilbab.   • Hats  and  doo-­‐rags  are  not  allowed  to  be  worn  inside  the  building.   • Students  at  the  Academy  must  be  in  full  school  uniform  at  all  times.   • Students  out  of  uniform  will  be  sent  to  the  office.   • Students  will  not  be  permitted  to  return  to  class  and  will  be  sent  home  until  they  return  in  proper   dress  code.   • If  there  are  financial  difficulties  in  procuring  a  uniform,  please  inform  the  front-­‐desk  staff  person  and   arrangements  can  be  made.  

Electronic Device  Policy   All   student   cell   phones/electronic   devices   must   be   kept   in   the   student’s   locker   or   other   location.   Cell   phones/electronic  devices  must  also  be  turned  off  during  the  school  day  and  are  not  to  be  used  on  school   property   during   school   hours.   Failure   to   follow   this   policy   could   result   in   the   confiscation   of   the   cell   phone/electronic  device  from  the  student  for  the  remainder  of  the  school  year.  The  school  is  not  responsible   for  any  fees  accrued  during  the  time  the  cell  phone/electronic  device  is  under  a  staff  member’s  control.  The   student  who  possesses  the  cell  phone/electronic  device  assumes  responsibility  for  its  care  and  the  Academy   is  not  responsible  for  preventing  theft,  loss,  or  damage  to  the  cell  phone/electronic  device  brought  onto  its   property  or  under  the  care  of  a  GEE  employee.  

Emergency and  Illness  Procedure   Student  Emergency  Cards  must  be  on  file  at  the  school  office  at  all  times.   • • •

Parents are  responsible  for  informing  the  school  office  staff  of  any  medical  condition  a  child  may   have.   The  parent  or  guardian  is  responsible  for  keeping  the  information  on  the  card  current,  including   phone  numbers,  addresses,  and  guardians.   If  your  child  requires  emergency  room  care  at  a  hospital,  his/her  Emergency  Card  will  be  consulted   and  a  copy  of  the  card  will  accompany  the  child  to  the  emergency  room  to  authorize  necessary   emergency  treatment  if  a  parent  is  not  immediately  available.  

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Illness If  a  student  becomes  ill  or  has  an  accident/injury  at  school,  a  school  staff  member  will  contact  the   parent/guardian  and  recommend  that  the  student  be  picked  up.  Please  make  sure  that  you  sign  out  ill   children  from  the  school  office  before  taking  them  home.  If  the  school  sees  the  need  for  urgent  care  and   parents  cannot  be  contacted,  911  will  be  called  to  assist.  If  the  incident  is  an  accident/injury,  an   Injury/Accident  Report  Form  will  be  completed  and  forwarded  to  the  parent.  A  copy  of  this  form  will  be   maintained  in  the  school  office  and  the  student’s  file.   Any  student  reasonably  suspected  of  having  a  communicable  disease—defined  as  “an  illness  due  to  a   specific  infectious  agent  or  its  toxic  products  that  results  from  transmission  of  that  infectious  agent  or  its   products  from  a  reservoir  to  a  susceptible  host  directly,  as  from  an  infected  individual  or  animal,  or   indirectly  through  the  agency  of  an  intermediate  plant  or  animal  host,  vector,  or  the  inanimate   environment,”  [Section  5101  of  the  Public  Health  Code,  MCL  333.5101(1)]—will  be  contacted  and  may  be  excluded   from  school  until  the  individual’s  physician  submits  a  written  recommendation  for  continuation  of   attendance.  The  Academy  Board  may  require  students  to  submit  to  periodic  health  examinations.  

Medication Medication  is  defined  as:  prescription,  non-­‐prescription,  herbal,  and  includes  those  taken  by  mouth,   inhaler,  injection,  or  applied  to  eyes,  nose,  or  skin.  The  student’s  parent/guardian  must  give  the  school   written  permission  and  sign  a  request  to  administer  medication.  Written  directions  for  the  administration   of  medication  must  be  from  a  physician  that  describes  how  the  medication  is  administered.  Medications   must  be  administered  by  one  adult  in  the  presence  of  another  adult  except  when  emergency  threatens   the  student’s  life.  A  student  may  self-­‐administer  medication  so  long  as  written  permission  from  the   parent  is  on  file  and  the  medication  is  labeled  from  a  pharmacy.  If  the  student  abuses  this  privilege,  it   may  be  removed.  

Family Educational  Rights  and  Privacy  Act  (FERPA)   FERPA   affords   parents   and   students   over   18   years   of   age   (“eligible   or   adult   students”)   certain   rights   with   respect  to  the  student’s  education  records.  These  rights  include  the  following:   1. The  right  to  inspect  and  review  the  student's  education  records  within  45  days  of  the  day  the  Academy   receives  a  request  for  access.   •

Parents or   adult   students   should   submit   a   written   request   to   the   school   principal   indicating   as   precisely   as   possible   the   record(s)   they   wish   to   inspect.   The   principal   will   make   arrangements   for   access   and   notify   the   parent   or   adult   student,   of   the   time   and   place   where   the   records   may   be   inspected.   If   a   record   contains   information   about   students   other   than   a   parent’s   child   or   the   eligible   student,   the  parent  or  eligible  student  may  not  inspect  and  review  the  portion  of  the  record  which  pertains  to   other  students.   If   the   student’s   record   involves   answers   to   a   standardized   test,   the   district   will   not   provide   the   requestor  a  copy  of  standardized  test  questions.  

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2. The right  to  request  amendment  of  the  student’s  education  records  that  the  parent  or  adult  student   believes  is  inaccurate  or  misleading.   •

Parents or   adult   students   may   ask   the   Academy   to   amend   a   record   that   they   believe   is   inaccurate   or   misleading.   This   request   should   be   made   in   writing   and   given   to   the   principal.   The   request   should   clearly  identify  the  part  of  the  record  they  want  changed  and  should  specify  why  it  is  inaccurate  or   misleading.  The  Academy  may  or  may  not  comply  with  the  request.  

3. The right   to   consent   to   disclosures   of   personally   identifiable   information   contained   in   the   student’s   records,  except  to  the  extent  that  FERPA  authorizes  disclosure  without  consent.   •

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FERPA permits   disclosure   of   school   records   without   consent   to   school   officials   with   legitimate   educational   interests.   A   school   official   is   a   person   employed   by   the   Academy   as   an   administrator,   supervisor,   instructor,   or   support   staff   member   (including   health   person   or   medical   staff   and   law   enforcement  unit  personnel);  a  person  serving  on  the  school  board;  a  person  or  company  with  whom   the   Academy   has   contracted   to   perform   a   special   task   (such   as   an   attorney,   auditor,   medical   consultant,   or   therapist);   or   a   parent   or   student   serving   on   an   official   committee   such   as   a   disciplinary  or  grievance  committee,  or  assisting  another  school  official  in  performing  his  or  her  tasks.   The   student   or   parent   will   be   notified   if   a   court   has   requested   access   to   the   student’s   records.     Parents   of   adult   students   will   be   allowed   access   to   the   records   without   the   student’s   consent   providing  the  student  is  considered  a  dependent  under  Section  152  of  the  Internal  Revenue  Code  and   has  not  graduated  from  the  district.  Observations  and  personal  notes  kept  in  the  sole  possession  of   an  individual  teacher,  counselor,  or  administrator  as  a  memory  assistance  device  are  not  part  of  the   student’s   educational   record.   If   these   are   shared   with   another   staff   member   or   used   in   evaluation   or   in  planning,  they  are  then  considered  part  of  the  educational  record.   Upon   request,   the   Academy   discloses   education   records   without   consent   to   officials   of   another   school  district  in  which  a  student  seeks  or  intends  to  enroll.   Parents   or   adult   students   have   the   right   to   file   a   complaint   with   the   U.S.   Department   of   Education   concerning   alleged   failures   by   the   Academy   to   comply   with   the   requirements   of   FERPA.   The   name   and  address  of  the  office  that  administers  FERPA  is:   Family   Policy   Compliance   Office;   U.S.   Department   of   Education;                     400  Maryland  Avenue,  SW,  Washington,  DC  20202-­‐5901.  

Field Trip  Policy   Field  trips  enhance  learning  and  provide  depth  to  a  student’s  educational  experience.    Individual  classroom   teachers  plan  school-­‐sponsored  field  trips.  A  permission  slip  with  details  of  the  trip  will  be  sent  home  for  a   parent’s   signature   whenever   a   field   trip   is   planned.   Only   three   field   trips   per   elementary   classroom   or   middle/high  school  grade  level  will  be  approved.   • •

A signed  permission  slip  must  be  returned  to  the  school  in  order  for  a  child  to  go  on  a  field  trip.     Parent  volunteers  are  encouraged  to  participate  on  field  trips.  Younger  siblings  are  not  allowed.  

Lost &  Found  Policy  

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Students should   first   check   their   classrooms   and   school   cafeteria   and   grounds   for   lost   or   misplaced   items.     We  strongly  encourage  parents  to  clearly  mark  their  child’s  name  on  all  personal  items  and  clothing  articles.     We  also  recommend  that  expensive  items  not  be  brought  to  school;  ex.,  electronic  devices  and  jewelry.  The   Academy  is  NOT  responsible  for  any  lost,  damaged,  or  stolen  items  belonging  to  the  student.  

Parent Participation  Policy   The  Board  of  Directors  believes  that  the  education  of  children  is  a  joint  responsibility,  one  it  shares  with  the   parents  of  the  Academy.  To  ensure  that  the  best  interests  of  the  child  are  served  in  this  process,  a  strong   program  of  communication  between  home  and  the  GEE  Academy  must  be  maintained.   The  parents  have  the  right  to  participate  in  the  education  of  their  children  as  well  as  the  ultimate   responsibility  for  their  children’s  in-­‐school  behavior,  including  the  behavior  of  students  who  have  reached   the  age  of  majority,  but  are  still,  for  all  practical  purposes,  under  parental  authority.   In  accordance  with  Board  policies  and  administrative  guidelines  2240  (Opt-­‐Out),  2413/14  (Health/Sex   Education),  and  9150  (Academy  Visitors),  the  Academy  shall  provide  the  opportunity  for  parents  to  review   curriculum  and  instructional  materials  and  to  visit  the  Academy  to  observe  the  instructional  process.   For  the  benefit  of  children,  the  Board  believes  that  parents  have  a  responsibility  to  encourage  their  child’s   career  in  school  by:   • supporting  the  Academy  in  requiring  that  the  children  observe  all  Academy  rules  and  regulations  and   by  accepting  their  own  responsibility  for  children’s  willful  in-­‐behavior;   • sending  children  to  school  with  proper  attention  to  their  health,  personal  cleanliness,  and  dress;   • maintaining  an  active  interest  in  the  student’s  daily  work  and  making  it  possible  for  the  student  to   complete  assigned  homework  by  providing  a  quiet  place  and  suitable  conditions  for  study;   • reading  all  communications  from  the  Academy,  signing,  and  returning  them  promptly  when  required   • cooperating  with  the  Academy  in  attending  conferences  set  up  for  the  exchange  of  information  of   the  child’s  progress  in  school   GEE  Academies  offer  Parent  Family  University  to  all  parents  and  family  members  of  GEE  Academy  students.   As  part  of  the  University  each  parent/guardian  who  participates  will  have  an  identification  card  for   identification  purposes  when  they  are  in  the  building.  The  University  will  offer  the  following  courses  at  the   various  GEE  Academies  (Effective  Parenting,  Literacy,  GED,  Foreign  Language  Instruction,  Job  Search  Skills,   School  Volunteerism,  Financial  Literacy,  Goal  Setting,  Homework  Help,  Early  Language  Development  etc.).     Parents  also  receive  points  for  participating  in  school  events  and  parents  who  earn  at  a  certain  level  of  points   will  be  recognized  by  the  Academy.  

Public Visitation  Policy   Visitors  are  always  welcome  and  appreciated.    For  the  safety  of  all  students  and  staff,  and  as  required  by   state  law,  we  request  that  all  visitors  report  to  the  school  office  BEFORE  proceeding  anywhere  in  the  school   buildings.    No  siblings  under  the  age  of  5  may  visit  the  classrooms  while  class  is  in  session,  even  when   accompanied  by  a  parent.    State  law  prohibits  parents/visitors  from  visiting  on  testing  days.  

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In the  office  the  visitor  will:   • Sign-­‐in  and  specify  classroom(s)  to  be  visited  and  duration  of  time  to  be  spent  in  each   • Be  issued  a  visitor  pass  to  be  worn  for  the  duration  of  the  visit   • Sign  out  when  the  visit  is  over   Guest  students  age  7  and  older  are  welcome  as  invited  visitors  to  the  Academy.    However,  the  host  student   must  obtain  written  permission  from  the  principal  at  least  ONE  DAY  PRIOR  to  the  actual  visit.    On  the  day  of   the  visit,  the  guest  must  report  to  the  school  office  to  obtain  a  visitor’s  pass  BEFORE  proceeding  anywhere  in   the  school.    He/she  must  also  sign  in  on  the  Academy  visitor’s  log  and  remember  to  sign-­‐out  when  the  visit  is   over.    During  the  last  two  weeks  of  school,  no  guest  permissions  will  be  given  to  any  students.     Student  guests  are  expected  to  observe  all  Academy  rules,  including  proper  dress  code.    Student  guests  are   also  the  responsibility  of  the  student  whom  they  are  visiting.    Please  remember  that  the  host/hostess  student   must  still  follow  his/her  daily  routine  and  is  not  exempt  from  any  schoolwork  or  scheduled  exams.    Please  be   advised  that  no  more  than  one  (1)  visitor  will  be  allowed  in  any  one  classroom  in  one  day.    Moreover,  the   principal  reserves  the  right  to  deny  permission  to  any  request  for  visitation.

Reports &  Conferences   An  academic  year  is  divided  into  four  (4)  marking  periods  or  quarters.    The  first  two  quarters  make  up  the   first  semester  and  the  remaining  two  quarters  make  up  the  second  semester.      For  1st  through  12th  grades,   report   cards   are   issued   and   mailed   to   the   homes   of   students   after   every   quarter.     Teachers   will   conduct   parent/teacher   conferences   twice   a   year.     Progress   reports   will   be   given   out   at   each   mid-­‐quarter.     Please   consult   the   school   calendar   for   exact   dates   of   scheduled   conferences,   report   cards,   and   progress   reports.     Kindergarten   report   cards   go   home   at   the   end   of   each   semester.     Pre-­‐K   teachers   have   two   parent/teacher   conferences  each  year  in  addition  to  two  home  visits  per  year.  

Academic Information   The  school’s  curriculum  aligns  to  the  Michigan  Curriculum  Framework  standards  and  benchmarks  and  Grade   Level   Content   Expectations/High   School   Content   Expectations   At   a   minimum,   subjects   to   be   taught   must   include  language  arts,  mathematics,  science,  social  studies  and  health  as  required  by  law.    According  to  the   MCL  380.1278:   (3)   The   board   of   each   school   district,   considering   academic   curricular   objectives   defined             and   recommended  pursuant  to  subsection  (2),  shall:   (a) Establish   a   core   academic   curriculum   for   its   pupils   at   the   elementary,   middle,   and   secondary  school  levels.    The  core  academic  curriculum  shall  define  academic  objectives   to   be   achieved   by   all   pupils   and   shall   be   based   upon   the   school   district’s   educational   mission,   long-­‐range   pupil   goals,   and   pupil   performance   objectives.     The   core   academic   curriculum   may   vary   from   the   model   core   academic   curriculum   content   standards   recommended  by  the  state  board  pursuant  to  subsection  (2).  

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Middle School  (6th  –  8th  Grade)   Any  student  who  fails  four  of  the  five  core  classes  (English,  Writing,  Math,  Social  Studies,  Science)  in  the  6th,   7th  or  8th  grade  must  repeat  the  grade.  

High  School  (9th  –  12th  Grade)   REQUIRED  CORE  CLASSES  –  CLASS  OF  2012  and  2013   • 15  credits  of  core  subjects.    (Four  years  of  English,  Social  Studies,  and  Math,  and  three  years  of   Science)   OTHER  CLASSES   • 3  credits  of  Arabic   • 1  credit  of  PE/Health   • 1  credit  of  Art   • 3  credits  of  electives  (Class  of  2013  has  1  Required  Writing  Elective)(ACT  is  a  required  elective  for   11th  grade)   • Required  75  hours  of  community  service     • Required  on-­‐line  learning  experience   TOTAL  CREDITS  NEEDED  FOR  GRADUATION=  23  credits   REQUIRED  CORE  CLASSES  –  CLASS  OF  2014  and  beyond   • 14  credits  of  core  subjects.    (Four  years  of  English,  and  Math,  and  three  years  of  Science  and  Social   Studies)   OTHER  CLASSES   • 3  credits  of  Arabic   • 1  credit  of  PE/Health   • 1  credit  of  Art   • 1  credit  of  ACT  Prep   • 3  credits  of  electives  (2  Credits  are  Required  Writing  Electives)   • Required  75  hours  of  community  service     • Required  on-­‐line  learning  experience   TOTAL  CREDITS  NEEDED  FOR  GRADUATION=  23  credits  

Dual Enrollment   Every  student  must  pass  a  class  before  moving  on  to  the  next  course  offered.    Juniors  with  a  3.5  GPA  and   have   passed   the   PLAN   test   with   a   composite   score   of   16   or   higher   and   seniors   with   a   3.00   GPA   or   higher   and  have  passed  the  ACT  with  a  composite  score  of  18  or  higher  may  take  some  classes  at  a  community   college.  The  class  cannot  be  one  already  offered  at  the  GEE  Academy  or  it  must  be  a  higher-­‐level  course   than  what  is  offered.    No  class  counts  toward  a  core  class  unless  a  student  has  failed  a  core  class.  Classes   taken   at   a   community   college   or   any   other   university   must   have   approval   and   signatures   from   the   principal,  parent,  and  student  on  the  registration  form.       Students  must  maintain  a  (C)  average  in  their  dual  enrollment  classes,  if  the  student’s  grade  average  falls  

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below a   C   or   the   student   drops   out   of   the   class;   the   student   is   responsible   for   reimbursing   the   school   for   the  costs  and  fees  of  the  class.  Classes  taken  at  a  different  location  cannot  be  changed  unless  approved   by  the  Principal.   Every  3  credits  at  the  accredited  institution  is  equivalent  to  0.5  credits  at  the  GEE  Academy.  All  college   credits  must  be  submitted  to  the  GEE  Academy  office  to  count  toward  high-­‐school  graduation  and  any   request  for  class  changes  for  second  semester  must  be  approved  by  the  principal,  parents,  and  teachers   involved.  

Honor Roll   GEE   encourages   all   students   to   maintain   high   academic   standards   by   honoring   middle   and   high-­‐school   students   who   achieve   a   cumulative   Grade   Point   Average   (GPA)   of   3.0   and   above   at   the   end   of   each   marking  period.  GPA’s  will  be  calculated  for  each  student  based  on  individual  grades  in  each  subject  area.   Honor  Roll  students  may  be:   • •

Silver -­‐-­‐  GPA  between  3.0  and  3.59   Gold  -­‐-­‐  GPA  between  3.6  and  4.0  

Guidance &  Counseling   Guidance  &  Counseling  services  are  provided  to  secondary  school  students,  including:   • • •

Academic and  At-­‐Risk  Advising   College  and  Career  Counseling   ACT,  SAT  and  PSAT  Guidance  

Community Service  Programs   Community   Programs   provides   opportunities   for   students   in   high   school   to   pursue   individual   interests   through   real-­‐life   experiences.   Students   registered   in   Community   Programs   will   earn   credits   towards   graduation  through  one  of  the  following  programs:  In-­‐and  out-­‐of-­‐school  placements,  Independent  Study,   or   a   job   placement.   Any   questions   or   concerns   regarding   the   program   should   be   addressed   to   the   school   counselor.   Authorization   from   the   counselor   and   the   principal   is   required   before   registering   in   any   program  (75  hours  of  community  service  is  required).  

Student Assessment   State  Law  requires  that  students  in  grades  1  through  5  administer  annually  a  nationally  norm-­‐referenced  test   or  another  assessment,  which  may  include  a  locally  adopted  assessment  approved  by  the  superintendent  of   public   instruction.   The   nationally   norm-­‐referenced   tests   that   are   offered   by   the   Academies   are   either   Scantron   Ed-­‐Performance   or   Northwest   Education   Association   MAP   Test.   The   elementary   students   also   participate   in   the   MEAP   test   as   an   assessment   for   the   students’   learning   of   the   Michigan   State   Core   Curriculum.   The   students   also   take   the   DIBELS   (Dynamic   Indicators   of   Basic   Early   Literacy   Skills)   or   DRA   (Developmental  Reading  Assessment)  for  Response  to  Intervention  and  Reading  placement  purposes.   Students  in  grades  6  through  8  participate  in  the  MEAP  test  as  an  assessment  for  the  students’  learning  of  

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the Michigan   State   Core   Curriculum.   The   students   also   take   the   DRA   (Developmental   Reading   Assessment)   for   Response   to   Intervention   and   Reading   placement   purposes.   The   nationally   norm-­‐   referenced   tests   that   are  offered  by  the  Academies  are  either  Scantron  Ed-­‐Performance  or  Northwest  Education  Association  MAP   Test.       The     7th   and   8th   grade   students   also   participate   in   the   ACT   EXPLORE   assessment   for   high   school   preparation.   Students  in  9th  grade  participate  in  the  MEAP  test  as  an  assessment  for  the  students’  learning  of  the  Social   Studies   Michigan   State   Core   Curriculum.   The   9th   grade   students   also   participate   in   the   ACT   EXPLORE   assessment   and   the   10th   grade   students   participate   in   the   PLAN   assessment   for   ACT   preparation.   The   11th   grade   students   participate   in   the   Michigan   Merit   Exam   composed   of   4   parts;   ACT,   ACT   Work   Keys,   Social   Studies,  and  Science  tests.    This  is  the  test  that  colleges  and  the  work  force  use  to  determine  acceptance  and   employment.   The   English   Language   Proficiency   Assessment   (ELPA)   is   given   to   students   who   speak   a   language   other   than   English  at  home  and/or  have  English  as  a  second  language.    This  test  is  given  in  the  spring  each  year  and  to   incoming  students  in  the  fall.  

Textbook Policy   State  law  allows  GEE  to  charge  for  damaged  to  or  lost  school  property  when  such  property  has  been  provided   to  students  without  charge.  GEE  may  require  students  to  place  a  deposit  to  cover  damaged  textbooks,  non-­‐ consumable   materials,   or   for   supplies   provided   free   by   the   academy   for   those   economically   able   to   pay   as   determined  by  school  authorities,  after  consulting  with  the  parent.  These  deposits  must  be  reasonable  and   refundable.   GEE   may   determine   the   quality   and   quantity   of   school   supplies   provided   -­‐-­‐   such   as   textbooks,   paper,   and   pencils  -­‐-­‐  that  are  reasonable  for  the  use  of  pupils,  and  may  also  determine  the  length  of  time  such  materials   shall  be  provided.    Likewise,  pupils  may  voluntarily  bring  their  own  school  supplies  for  any  subject.  

Athletic Policy   In  order  for  a  student  to  play  the  student  must  be  under  19  year  of  age  before  September  1st.     • • •

For 9th  grade  student  the  student  must  be  currently  enrolled  in  the  Academy  before  the  sport  season.     For  10th  and  11th  grade  students  the  student  must  be  enrolled  in  the  Academy  the  semester  before   the  sport  season.     For  12th  grade  students;  all  player  must  be  enrolled  in  the  Academy  by  the  forth  Friday  in  September   in  order  to  be  eligible  for  play  the  first  semester.  For  the  second  semester  a  student  must  have  been   enrolled  in  the  Academy  by  the  fourth  Friday  in  February.  

Athlete Requirements   All  students  must  have  a  current  physical  examination  in  order  to  participate.  

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In order   for   a   student   to   participate   on   the   team;   a   student   must   have   a   2.5   GPA   (this   is   a   GEE   requirement,   per   board   policy).   If   a   student   during   the   sport   season   drops   below   a   2.5;   to   between   a   2.0   to  2.5  that  student  will  be  placed  on  probation.  If  a  student  during  the  sport  season  has  an  E  in  any  class;   that   student   cannot   play   until   the   grade   is   raised   from   the   E.  If   a   student   during   the   sport   season   has   a   D   in   any   class;   that   student   is   on   two   week   probation   and   the   teacher   must   sign   off   for   the   student   to   play   any  games  while  the  student  has  a  D.   Any  student  who  is  sent  to  the  office  for  discipline  reasons  will  not  play  the  game  scheduled  for  that  day.   For   home   games,   team   members   may   either   wear   the   school   uniform   or   another   dress   shirt   or   tie   to   school  the  day  of  a  game.  For  away  games  team  members  cannot  wear  sneakers  or  jeans  for  travel.  

Performance Enhancing  Substances   Any   student   under   the   influence   of   any   performance   enhancing   substances   will   be   removed   from   the   team.  

Title IX:  Discrimination  Policy   Pursuant  to  Title  IX  of  the  Education  Amendments  of  1972,  “No  person  in  the  United  States  shall,  on  the  basis   of  sex,  be  excluded  from  participation  in,  be  denied  the  benefits  of,  or  be  subjected  to  discrimination  under   any  education  program  or  activity  receiving  federal  financial  assistance.”    Using  the  guideline  of  the  Title  IX   Amendment   GEE   is   committed   to   providing   students   with   a   learning   environment   free   from   sexual   harassment   or   gender   discriminatory   behavior.   It   shall   be   a   violation   of   policy   for   any   student,   teacher,   administrator,  school  personnel,  agents,  volunteers,  or  third  parties,  subject  to  the  supervision  and  control  of   the   GEE   Academy   school   board,   to   harass   or  discriminate   against   a   student   based   upon   their   gender.   Acts   of   sexual   harassment   or   inappropriate   employee-­‐student   relations   or   student-­‐peer   relations   are   prohibited   at   all   times   during   the   school   day,   including   while   on   school-­‐sponsored   transportation,   during   observation   or   participation   in   after-­‐school   activities,   and   during   school-­‐related   functions   such   as   sporting   events,   social   activities,  or  field  trips.  

Sexual Harassment  Defined   Sexual   harassment   is   any   unwelcome   conduct   of   a   sexual   nature   that   is   sufficiently   severe,   persistent,   or   pervasive   as   to   create   an   intimidating,   hostile,   or   abusive   educational   environment,   or   substantially   or   unreasonably   interfere   with   an   individual’s   education   or   limit   an   individual’s   ability   to   participate   in   or   benefit  from  the  education  program.  

Gender Discrimination  Defined   Gender   discrimination   occurs   when   different   treatment   or   consideration   takes   place   due   to   the   sex   or   gender   of   the   individual   rather   than   individual   merit.   The   behavior   complained   of   must   be   directed   toward  a  specific  gender  and  free  from  any  reasonable  justification.  Under  the  regulation  of  Title  IX,  the   School  Board  prohibits  gender  discrimination.  

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Any student  who  believes  he  or  she  has  been  the  victim  of  harassment  or  discriminatory  behavior  must   immediately   report   such   behavior   to   the   Title   IX   Coordinator,   who   is   the   Academy   Principal.   If   the   student   has   a   complaint   against   the   school   principal,   the   student   may   contact   the   GEE   Title   IX   coordinator  at  734-­‐662-­‐7050,  ext.  206.   LEGAL  REFERENCES:  Title  VI,  Civil  Rights  Act  of  1964;  Title  VII,  Civil  Rights  Act  of  1964,  as  amended  by  the  Equal  Opportunity   Act  of  1972;  Executive  Order  11246,  as  amended  by  E.O.  11375;  Title  IX,  Education  Amendments  of  1972;  34  C.F.R.  Sect.  106.41  of   the  Title  IX  Regulation.    Section  504,  Rehabilitation  Act  of  1973;  Education  for  all  Handicapped  children  Act  of  1975;  Age   Discrimination  Act  of  1975,  P.L.  94-­‐135;  15CFR8.a  

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Code of  Conduct  

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Goals &  Objectives   The   Student   Code   of   Conduct   focuses   on   the   concept   of   responsibility   and   rights   based   on   democratic   principles.    This  code  is  intended  to  help:   • • • • • • • • •

Establish a  school  environment  that  provides  an  atmosphere  conducive  to  active  involvement  in   learning;   Provide  opportunity  for  self-­‐direction  and  self-­‐discipline;   Provide  experiences  that  develop  attitudes  of  responsible  citizenship  and  self-­‐achievement;   Provide  for  the  safety  and  physical  wellbeing  of  all  students;   Implement  conditions  that  clarify  the  responsibilities  and  rights  of  all  participants  in  our  school   community;   Convey  that  each  student  is  an  individual  and  that  there  are  situational  variations  involving   misconduct.    Therefore,  discipline  and  control  will  be  treated  as  an  individual  matter  for  each  pupil;   Foster  the  idea  that  the  best  discipline  is  self-­‐directed  and  preventive  in  nature  rather  than   regulatory  and  restrictive;   Encourage  behavioral  responsibility  on  the  part  of  each  individual  within  the  school  community;  and   Encourage  communication  that  will  clarify  appropriate  guidelines  for  behavior  and  clarify  the  roles  of   persons  in  the  school  setting.  

Legal Basis  for  School  Discipline   The   power   of   the   Board   of   Education   to   authorize   suspension   or   expulsion   and   to   make   reasonable   rules  and  regulations   regarding   discipline   is   granted   in   the   School   Code.   (GENERAL   SCHOOL   LAWS   OF   MICHIGAN   1976,  380.1300-­‐.1301  and  .1311)

Section 1300:    The  Board  of  a  school  district  shall  make  reasonable  regulations  relative  to  anything  necessary   for   the   proper   establishment,   maintenance,   management,   and   carrying   on   of   the   public   schools   of   the   district,   including   regulations   relative   to   conduct   of   pupils   concerning   their   safety   while   in   attendance   at   school  or  en  route  to  and  from  school.   Section  1301:    A  person  who  has  not  completed  high  school  may  not  be  expelled  or  excluded  from  a  public   school  because  of  being  pregnant.   Section   1311:     The   Board   may   authorize   or   order   the   suspension   or   expulsion   from   school   of   a   pupil   guilty   of   gross  misdemeanor  or  persistent  disobedience  when,  in  the  Board’s  judgment,  the  interest  of  the  school  may   demand  the  authorization  or  order.    If  there  is  reasonable  cause  to  believe  that  the  pupil  is  handicapped  and   the  school  district  has  not  evaluated  the  pupil  in  accordance  with  rules  of  the  state  Board,  the  pupil  shall  be   evaluated   immediately   by   the   intermediate   school   district   of   which   the   school   district   is   constituent   in   accordance  with  Section  1711.   A  student  identified  as  handicapped  under  the  INDIVIDUALS  WITH  DISABILITIES  EDUCATION  ACT  (IDEA)  20  U.S.C.,  SECTION  504  OF  THE   REHABILITATION  ACT  OF  1973,  AMERICANS  WITH  DISABILITIES  ACT  OF  1990  (ADA),  42  USC,  or  ACT  451  of  P.A.  1976  AS  AMENDED.  

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Responsibilities &  Rights  of  Students   The   Constitution   of   the   United   States,   through   the   Bill   of   Rights   and   subsequent   amendments,   gives   each   citizen   certain   rights.     The   Supreme   Court   has   declared   that   a   student   does   not   shed   those   constitutional   rights  by  walking  through  the  school  door.    As  students  have  had  their  rights  clarified  through  litigation,  so   too   have   they   been   reminded   of,   and   instructed   in,   their   responsibilities.     Rights,   as   afforded   us   by   the   Constitution,   are   a   legal   requirement.     Responsibilities,   on   the   other   hand,   refer   mainly   to   the   individual’s   obligation  to  others  within  society.    In  order  for  individuals  to  preserve  their  own  rights,  they  must  take  upon   themselves   a   sense   of   responsibility   toward   the   preservation   of   the   rights   of   others.     This   is   to   say   that   students  do  have  rights  to  pursue  their  own  self-­‐fulfillment.    Those  rights  terminate  at  the  point  where  they   begin  to  infringe  upon  the  rights  of  others.   Responsibilities   and   rights   included   in   this   document   are   those   related   to:     Classroom   Behavioral   Expectations,   Protection   from   Corporal   Punishment,   Law   Enforcement,   Search   and   Seizure,   Dress   and   Grooming,  Freedom  of  Speech,  Student  Publications,  Married  and/or  Pregnant  Students,  Access  and  Privacy   of  Records,  and  Students  with  special  needs.  

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:   • • • • • • • • •

Respect the  inherent  human  dignity  and  worth  of  every  individual;   Be  informed  of  and  adhere  to  rules  and  regulations  established  by  the  Board  of  Education  and   implemented  by  school  administrators  and  teachers  for  the  welfare  and  safety  of  students;   Study  diligently  and  maintain  the  best  possible  level  of  academic  achievement;   Be  punctual  and  present  for  the  school  program;   Observe  fair  rules  in  conversation  and  responsible  journalism  free  of  libelous  or  slanderous  remarks   and  obscenities  in  verbal  and  written  expression;   Dress  and  appear  in  a  manner  that  meets  reasonable  standards  of  health,  cleanliness,  safety,  and   decency;   Help  maintain  and  improve  the  school  environment,  preserve  school  property  and  exercise  the   utmost  care  while  using  school  facilities;   Behave  in  an  appropriate  manner  while  in  attendance  at  school,  on  school  buses,  or  at  school  related   functions  held  on  or  off  school  grounds;  and   Possess  and  carry  at  all  times  a  high  school  or  middle  school  Student  I.D.  Card  and  present  it  as   requested  by  school  personnel.  

CLASSROOM BEHAVIORAL  EXPECTATIONS   Generally,   standards   for   behavior   throughout   the   school   should   be   the   same.     However,   each   teacher   may   specify   particular   rules   and   procedures   suited   to   the   specific   needs   of   the   class.     Teachers   cannot   permit   disturbances   that   interrupt   the   learning   process.     When   a   student   feels   an   issue   is   very   important   and  a  difference  of  opinion  has  come  about,  the  student  should  wait  until  the  end  of  the  period  or  seek  a   mutually  convenient  time  to  discuss  the  problem  with  the  teacher  unless  it  pertains  to  the  lesson.    The   teacher   has   the   responsibility   and   authority   to   maintain   order   anywhere   in   the   school,   particularly,   of  

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course, in  the  classroom.    When  a  student  disrupts  a  class  or  refuses  to  accept  the  teacher’s  authority,   that  student  should  be  referred  to  an  administrator  for  appropriate  action.    If  a  teacher  finds  it  necessary   to  send  a  student  from  a  classroom  for  any  disciplinary  reason,  the  student  must  report  immediately  to   the  office.  

BULLYING AND  OTHER  AGGRESSIVE  BEHAVIOR  TOWARD  STUDENTS   Reference:   Policies  on  Bullying,  Michigan  State  Board  of  Education,  7-­‐19-­‐01   Model  Anti-­‐Bullying  Policy,  Michigan  State  Board  of  Education,  9-­‐12-­‐06     The  Board  of  Directors  believes  that  a  safe  and  civil  environment  in  school  is  necessary  for  students  to   learn  and  achieve  high  academic  standards.     It   is   the   policy   of   the   Academy   to   provide   a   safe   and   nurturing   educational   environment   for   all   of   its   students.     This   policy   applies   to   all   activities   on   school   property   and   to   all   school   sponsored   activities   whether  on  or  off  school  property.     Bullying  or  other  aggressive  behavior  toward  a  student,  whether  by  other  students,  staff,  or  third  parties,   including   Board   members,   parents,   guests,   contractors,   vendors,   and   volunteers,   is   strictly   prohibited.     This  prohibition  includes  physical,  verbal,  and  psychological  abuse,  including  hazing,  gestures,  comments,   threats,   or   actions   to   a   student,   which   cause   or   threaten   to   cause   bodily   harm,   reasonable   fear   for   personal  safety,  or  personal  degradation.    Demonstration  of  appropriate  behavior,  treating  others  with   civility  and  respect,  and  refusing  to  tolerate  harassment  or  bullying  is  expected  of  administrators,  faculty,   staff,  and  volunteers  to  provide  positive  examples  for  student  behavior.     This   policy   applies   to   all   activities   in   the   Academy,   including   activities   on   school   property,   in   a   school   vehicle,  and  those  occurring  off  school  property  if  the  student  or  employee  is  at  any  school-­‐sponsored,   school-­‐approved   or   school-­‐related   activity   or   function,   such   as   field   trips   or   athletic   events   where   students   are   under   the   school’s   control,   or   where   an   employee   is   engaged   in   school   business.     Misconduct   occurring   outside   of   school   may   also   be   disciplined   if   it   interferes   with   the   school   environment.     "Bullying"  is  any  gesture  or  written,  verbal,  graphic,  or  physical  act  (including  electronically  transmitted   acts  –  i.e.  internet,  telephone  or  cell  phone,  personal  digital  assistant  (PDA),  or  wireless  hand  held  device)   that  is  reasonably  perceived  as  being  motivated  either  by  any  actual  or  perceived  characteristic,  such  as   race,  color,  religion,  ancestry,  national  origin,  gender,  sexual  orientation,  gender  identity  and  expression   or  a  mental,  physical,  or  sensory  disability  or  impairment,  or  by  any  other  distinguishing  characteristic.       Such  behavior  is  considered  harassment  or  bullying  whether  it  takes  place  on  or  off  school  property,  at   any  school-­‐sponsored  function,  or  in  a  school  vehicle.     Aggressive  behavior  is  defined  as  inappropriate  conduct  that  is  repeated  enough,  or  serious  enough,  to   negatively  impact  a  student’s  educational,  physical,  or  emotional  well-­‐being.    Such  behavior  for  example,   bullying,  hazing,  stalking,  intimidating,  menacing,  coercion,  name-­‐calling,  taunting,  and  making  threats.     "Bullying"  is  conduct  that  meets  all  of  the  following  criteria:     A. is  directed  at  one  (1)  or  more  students;  

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B. substantially interferes  with  educational  opportunities,  benefits,  or  programs  of  one  (1)  or  more   students;   C. adversely  affects  the  ability  of  a  student  to  participate  in  or  benefit  from  the  school  District's   educational  programs  or  activities  by  placing  the  student  in  reasonable  fear  of  physical  harm  or  by   causing  emotional  distress;  and   D. is  based  on  a  student's  actual  or  perceived  distinguishing  characteristic  (see  above),  or  is  based  on  an   association  with  another  person  who  has  or  is  perceived  to  have  any  of  these  characteristics.     Any   student   who   believes   s/he   has   been   or   is   the   victim   of   bullying,   hazing,   or   other   aggressive   behavior   should   immediately   report   the   situation   to   the   Principal.     The   student   may   also   report   concerns   to   a   teacher   or   counselor   who   will   be   responsible   for   notifying   the   Principal.     Complaints   against   the   Principal   should   be   filed   with   the   Educational   Service   Provider/Superintendent.   Complaints   against   the   Educational  Service  Provider/Superintendent  should  be  filed  with  the  Board  President.     Every   student   is   encouraged,   and   every   staff   member   is   required,   to   report   any   situation   that   they   believe  to  be  aggressive  behavior  directed  toward  a  student.    Reports  shall  be  made  to  those  identified   above.    Reports  may  be  made  anonymously,  but  formal  disciplinary  action  may  not  be  taken  solely  on  the   basis  of  an  anonymous  report.     All  complaints  about  aggressive  behavior  that  may  violate  this  policy  shall  be  promptly  investigated,  and   documented.         If   the   investigation   finds   an   instance   of   bullying   or   aggressive   behavior   has   occurred,   it   will   result   in   prompt   and   appropriate   remedial   action.     This   may   include   up   to   expulsion   for   students,   up   to   discharge   for  employees,  exclusion  for  parents,  guests,  volunteers,  and  contractors,  and  removal  from  any  official   position   and/or   a   request   to   resign   for   Board   members.     Individuals   may   also   be   referred   to   law   enforcement  officials.     The  complainant  shall  be  notified  of  the  findings  of  the  investigation,  and  as  appropriate,  that  remedial   action  has  been  taken.     Retaliation  against  any  person  who  reports,  is  thought  to  have  reported,  files  a  complaint,  or  otherwise   participates   in   an   investigation   or   inquiry   concerning   allegations   of   aggressive   behavior   is   prohibited   and   will   not   be   tolerated.     Such   retaliation   shall   be   considered   a   serious   violation   of   Board   policy   and   independent   of   whether   a   complaint   is   substantiated.     Suspected   retaliation   should   be   reported   in   the   same   manner   as   aggressive   behavior.     Making   intentionally   false   reports   about   aggressive   behavior   for   the  purpose  of  getting  someone  in  trouble  is  similarly  prohibited  and  will  not  be  tolerated.    Retaliation   and  intentionally  false  reports  may  result  in  disciplinary  action  as  indicated  above.     The  following  definitions  are  provided  for  guidance  only.    If  a  student  or  other  individual  believes  there   has   been   aggressive   behavior,   regardless   of   whether   it   fits   a   particular   definition,   s/he   should   report   it   and  allow  the  administration  to  determine  the  appropriate  course  of  action.     "Bullying"  is  defined  as  a  person  willfully  and  repeatedly  exercising  power  or  control  over  another  with   hostile   or   malicious   intent   (i.e.,   repeated   oppression,   physical   or   psychological,   of   a   less   powerful   individual  by  a  more  powerful  individual  or  group).    Bullying  can  be  physical,  verbal,  psychological,  or  a   combination  of  all  three.    Some  examples  of  bullying  are:  

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B. C.

Physical –  hitting,  kicking,  spitting,  pushing,  pulling;  taking  and/or  damaging  personal   belongings  or  extorting  money,  blocking  or  impeding  student  movement,  unwelcome  physical   contact.     Verbal  –  taunting,  malicious  teasing,  insulting,  name  calling,  making  threats.     Psychological  –  spreading  rumors,  manipulating  social  relationships,  coercion,  or  engaging  in   social  exclusion/shunning,  extortion,  or  intimidation.  

"Harassment"  includes,  but  is  not  limited  to,  any  act  which  subjects  an  individual  or  group  to  unwanted,   abusive   behavior   of   a   nonverbal,   verbal,   written   or   physical   nature,   often   on   the   basis   of   age,   race,   religion,   color,   national   origin,   marital   status   or   disability   (sexual   orientation,   physical   characteristic,   cultural  background,  socioeconomic  status,  or  geographic  location).     "Intimidation"   includes,   but   is   not   limited   to,   any   threat   or   act   intended   to   tamper,   substantially   damage   or   interfere   with   another's   property,   cause   substantial   inconvenience,   subject   another   to   offensive   physical   contact   or   inflict   serious   physical   injury   on   the   basis   of   race,   color,   religion,   national   origin   or   sexual  orientation.     "Menacing"  includes,  but  is  not  limited  to,  any  act  intended  to  place  a  school  employee,  student,  or  third   party  in  fear  of  imminent  serious  physical  injury.     "Harassment,   intimidation,   menacing,   or   bullying"   means   any   act   that   substantially   interferes   with   a   student's   educational   benefits,   opportunities,   or   performance,   that   takes   place   on   or   immediately   adjacent   to   school   grounds,   at   any   school-­‐sponsored   activity,   on   school–provided   transportation   or   at   any  official  school  bus  stop.         "Staff"  includes  all  school  employees  and  Board  members.     "Third  parties"  include,  but  are  not  limited  to,  coaches,  school  volunteers,  parents,  school  visitors,  service   contractors,  vendors,  or  others  engaged  in  Academy  business,  and  others  not  directly  subject  to  school   control  at  inter-­‐District  or  intra-­‐District  athletic  competitions  or  other  school  events.     For  a  definition  and  instances  that  could  possibly  be  construed  as  hazing,  see  Policy  5516.     Confidentiality   To   the   extent   appropriate   and/or   legally   permitted,   confidentiality   will   be   maintained   during   the   investigation   process.     However,   a   proper   investigation   will,   in   some   circumstances,   require   the   disclosure  of  names  and  allegations.     Notification   Notice   of   this   policy   will   be   annually   circulated   to   and   posted   in   conspicuous   locations   in   all   school   buildings  and  departments  within  the  Academy  and  discussed  with  students,  as  well  as  incorporated  into   the  teacher,  student,  and  parent/guardian  handbooks.    State  and  Federal  rights  posters  on  discrimination   and  harassment  shall  also  be  posted  at  each  building.       The   Educational   Service   Provider   is   directed   to   develop   Administrative   Guidelines   to   implement   this  

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policy.   Guidelines   shall   include   reporting   and   investigative   procedures,   as   needed.     The   complaint   procedure  established  by  the  Educational  Service  Provider  shall  be  followed.     This   policy   is   not   intended   to   and   should   not   be   interpreted   to   interfere   with   legitimate   free-­‐speech   rights  of  any  individual.    However,  the  Academy  reserves  the  right  and  responsibility  to  maintain  a  safe   environment  for  students,  conducive  to  learning  and  other  legitimate  objectives  of  the  school  program.  

24/7 Tobacco  Free  School  Policy   GEE  Academies  prohibit  the  use  of,  possession,  concealment,  distribution  or  intent  to  distribute,  sale  o  of   any   tobacco.   Nicotine   products   in   all   school-­‐related   situations,   by   any   person,   at   any   time,   in   any   location,  and  any  event.     This   policy   includes,   but   not   limited   to   the   following:   Any   tobacco   or   non-­‐tobacco   nicotine   products-­‐   chew,   cigars,   cigarettes,   hookah,   loose   tobacco,   e-­‐cigarettes,   snus,   orbs,   and   strips.   This   does   not   include   products   that   are   classified   as   “nicotine   replacement   therapy”   and   prescribed   by   a   physician   to   help   tobacco  users  quit.  These  products  include,  but  not  limited  to,  nicotine  lozenges,  gum,  and  patches.   Any  person-­‐  students,  staff,  visitors  and  all  groups  using  school  property     Any  Time  24/7  hours  a  day,  7  days  a  week,  365  days  a  year   Any  Location-­‐  School  Parking  lots,  sporting  events  or  any  events  on  school  property     Compliance  with  this  policy  is  mandatory  for  all  students,  staff  and  visitors.  Any  student  who  violates  this   policy   will   be   subject   to   disciplinary   action   in   accordance   with   due   process   as   specified   in   the   student   handbook,   up   to   and   including   expulsion   from   school.       Frontier   International   Academy   is   concerned   about   any   student   who   violates   the   policies   related   to   tobacco   and   will   notify   parent(s)/guardians   and   the  student  and  when  necessary,  local  law  enforcement  may  be  contacted  and  fines  assessed.     GEE   Academies   prohibits   advertising   or   promotion   of   tobacco.   This   policy   includes,   but   not   limited   to:   Signs  or  posters,  clothing,  t-­‐shirts,  hats,  bags,  Sponsorship  of  school  events,  etc.  

PROTECTION  FROM  CORPORAL  PUNISHMENT   Teachers,   principals,   and   central   administrators   are   charged   with   certain   rights,   duties,   and   responsibilities   in   disciplining   students.     This   includes   the   responsibility   for   making   rules,   giving   commands   and   using   disciplinary   measures.     An   employee,   volunteer,   or   contractor   engaged   by   the   Academy   is   prohibited   both   from   inflicting   and   from   threatening   to   inflict   corporal   punishment   upon   any   pupil,  and  from  causing  corporal  punishment  to  be  inflicted  upon  a  pupil.  

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“Corporal punishment”  is  defined  by  the  state  as  the  deliberate  infliction  of  physical  pain  by  any  means   upon  the  whole  or  any  part  of  a  pupil’s  body  as  a  penalty  or  punishment  for  the  pupil’s  offense.    While   recognizing  that  students  may  require  disciplinary  action  in  various  forms,  the  Board  of  Education  will  not   condone  the  use  of  unreasonable  force  and  fear  as  appropriate  procedures  in  student  discipline.   Professional  staff  as  well  as  support  staff,  within  the  scope  of  their  employment,  may  apply  reasonable   force  and  restraint  to:   • • •

Remove a  student  who  refuses  to  comply  with  a  request  to  behave  or  report  to  the  office;   Quell  a  disturbance  threatening  physical  injury  to  self  or  others;  and   Obtain  possession  of  weapons  or  other  dangerous  objects  upon  or  within  the  control  of  the  student,   in  self-­‐defense  or  for  the  protection  of  persons  or  property.  

Law Enforcement   Officers  of  the  local  Police  Department  and  County  Sheriff’s  Office  and  the  County  Juvenile  Court  do  have  the   authority,   after   presenting   proper   identification,   to   remove   a   student   from   school.   The   law   enforcement   agencies   mentioned   have   assumed   responsibility   for   notification   to   parents   of   the   removal   of   a   student.     When   any   such   authority   removes   a   child,   the   school   will   also   inform   the   parents   or   guardian   of   the   name   of   the  agency  and  its  phone  number.   A  student  being  interviewed  by  the  police,  a  representative  of  the  court  or  other  responsible  social  agencies   regarding  infractions  of  the  law  shall  have  the  right  to  the  following:   • • •

The right  to  be  informed  of  his/her  legal  rights;   The  right  to  be  protected  from  coercion  and  illegal  constraint;  and   The  right  to  remain  silent.  

It is  school  policy  to  have  the  principal  or  his/her  designee  present  during  the  student’s  interview  with  the   police.      

Search &  Seizure   No   student   is   to   be   randomly   searched   by   school   authorities   but   a   search   can   be   expected   if   school   authorities  have  reason  to  suspect  or  believe  that  one  of  the  following  situations  prevails:   • •

The student  is  withholding  evidence  of  an  illegal  act;  and/or   The  student  is  in  possession  of  something,  which  is  believed  to  present  a  danger  to  the  health  or   safety  of  the  student  or  others.  

While school  authorities  are  to  respect  the  rights  of  each  student  in  the  use  of  his/her  locker/desk,  it  should  

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be clear   that   the   desk   and   locker   are   the   property   of   the   school   and   are   assigned   to   the   student   for   the   purpose  of  storing  school-­‐related  materials  and  items  essential  to  the  educational  well-­‐being  of  the  student.   Desk  and  locker  inspections  will  be  held  at  various  times  throughout  the  year.      Searches  of  desks  and  lockers   will  be  limited  to  the  instances  in  which  school  authorities  have  reason  to  suspect  that  one  of  the  following   prevails:   • • • •

The student  is  using  his/her  desk/property/locker  for  illegal  purposes  or  is  using  it  to  withhold   evidence  of  a  violation  of  the  law;   The  student  is  using  his/her  desk/property/locker  in  such  a  way  as  to  interfere  with  school  discipline;   The  student  is  using  his/her  desk/property/locker  in  such  a  way  as  to  interfere  with  the  fundamental   duty  of    school  authorities  to  operate  the  school;   The  student  is  using  his/her  desk/property/locker  in  such  a  way  as  to  endanger  the  health  and  safety   of  him/her  or  others.  

A student  should  be  present  when  the  desk/property/school  locker  is  searched.    If  he/she  is  not,  the  school   will  notify  the  student  as  soon  as  possible  that  the  search  occurred.  

Freedom of  Speech   The  Academy  recognizes  that  freedom  of  speech  is  a  right  of  every  American.    A  student  may  express  his/her   personal   opinions,   whether   in   the   context   of   a   class,   general   discussion,   a   campaign   speech   for   student   government   office,   or   an   editorial   in   a   student   publication.     It   is   understood   that   the   student’s   freedom   of   expression  is  not  absolute  and  is  limited  in  the  following  ways:   Respect  for  the  rights  of  others;   • A  student  does  not  have  the  right  to  infringe  upon  the  rights  of  others,  encourage  the  breaking  of   existing  laws  or  policies,  or  exceed  the  bounds  of  lawful  assembly.   Violence  is  to  be  avoided;     • Physical  aggression  or  threats  against  persons  or  their  property  will  not  be  tolerated.   Decency  is  expected  at  all  times.   • A  student’s  printed  material,  oral  language,  physical  acts  or  displays  are  unacceptable  if  obscene.    

Student  Publications   All   middle   and   senior   high   schools   have   students   involved   in   the   process   of   writing,   publishing,   and   distributing   student   publications.     A   policy   has   been   written   to   safeguard   the   advisors,   principals,   and   students  involved  from  editorial  practices  which  could  result  in  legal  action.    The  advisor,  editor,  and  his/her   staff   will   enforce   this   student   publication   policy.     The   Board   of   Education   reserves   the   right   to   designate   which   publications   and   productions   violate   the   rights   of   others   and   are   not   protected   by   the   right   of   free   expression,  and  therefore  prohibit  their  publication  and  distribution.    The  actions  of  the  editorial  board  are  

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subject to  approval  from  the  advisor  of  the  school  publication.    The  policy  is  as  follows:   • • • • • • • • •

Any material  which  will  injure  an  individual’s  reputation,  psyche,  or  future,  or  will  expose  an   individual  to  unnecessary  harassment  or  embarrassment,  will  not  be  published.   Any  material  which  is  irrational  and/or  void  of  truth  will  not  be  published.   Any  material  which  is  in  poor  taste  and  has  no  social  worth  will  not  be  published.   Any  material  which  is  prejudicial  to  a  religious,  ethnic,  racial  or  other  delineated  group  will  not  be   published.   Any  material  which  is  libelous  to  any  specific  person  or  persons  will  not  be  published.   Language,  pictures,  music,  or  symbols  that  are  obscene,  libelous,  or  offensive  to  good  taste  shall  be   avoided.   A  by-­‐line  shall  accompany  every  printed  article,  story,  or  presentation.   School  publications/productions  shall  not  endorse  any  candidate  for  public  office  or  take  a  political   stand  on  any  issue.   All  materials  to  be  printed  or  produced  are  subject  to  review  by  the  advisors  and/or  principal.    Those   who  are  denied  approval  for  inclusion  of  materials  in  school  publications/productions  may  appeal  to   a  committee  composed  of  the  principal,  the  relevant  advisors,  and  the  presidents  of  each  class.    The   function  of  this  committee  is  to  review  and  the  appeal  is  conducted  in  an  advisory  capacity  only.    The   final  decision  remains  with  the  principal.     Any  material  relating  to  issues  which  are  not  within  the  province  of  a  school  publication  will  not  be   published.  

The following  regulations  apply:   High  schools  may  solicit  business  sponsorships  to  defray  the  cost  of  yearbooks.    The  principal  has  formulated   guidelines  for  the  sale  of  sponsorships  and  guidelines  to  ensure  that  such  sponsorships  are  acknowledged  in   the  yearbooks  in  a  dignified  manner.    Display  advertising  will  not  be  accepted.   Advertising  in  school  publications  may  be  accepted  provided  it  meets  criteria  established  by  the  principal.  

Married and/or  Pregnant  Students   Married   students   under   the   compulsory   school   age   may   participate   in   the   regular   school   program.     Upon   presentation   of   written   permission   from   a   doctor,   a   pregnant   student   under   the   compulsory   school   age   may   participate   in   the   regular   school   program.     However,   such   students   shall   be   counseled   about   alternative   educational  programs  available  to  them.    A  pregnant  student  who  is  under  the  compulsory  school  age  may   withdraw   from   a   regular   public   school   program.     The   Board   may   develop   and   provide   an   accredited   alternative   educational   program   for   persons   who   are   pregnant   and   voluntarily   withdraw   from   the   regular   public   school   program   or   the   Board   may   contract   with   the   intermediate   school   district   offering   an   educational  program.    

Special Education  Students   A  special  education  student  from  birth  through  age  twenty-­‐five  has  a  right  to  a  free  and  appropriate  public  

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education in  the  least  restrictive  environment  which  complies  with  federal  and  state  laws,  regardless  of  the   nature  or  severity  of  the  disability.    The  standards  of  conduct  contained  within  this  code  apply  to  all  students,   including  special  education  students.    However,  due  to  the  unique  needs  of  special  education  students  and   federal/state   laws,   the   procedures   determining   appropriate   disciplinary   action   will   vary   when   a   special   education   student   is   involved.     Therefore,   specific   policies   and   procedures   developed   by   the   Academy   pertaining  to  special  education  students  must  be  followed.  

Code Violations  and  Consequences   The  following  list  of  violations/penalties  is  not  all-­‐inclusive  but  is  meant  to  give  students/parents  an  idea  of   the  possible  penalty  for  violations.  

OFFENSES -­‐  Should  a  violation  occur,  the  minimum  penalty  listed  shall  be  imposed.    The  nature  of   the  circumstances  surrounding  the  offense  may  result  in  more  serious  punishments  or  penalties,   including  referral  to  the  School  Board  for  expulsion.   OFFENSE  

PENALTY

ALTERING SCHOOL  DOCUMENTS-­‐FALSIFICATION  OF  RECORDS  

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.  

The act  of  changing,  altering,  or  forging  any  school-­‐related  document,  including   but  not  limited  to  passes,  re-­‐entries,  progress  reports,  report  cards,  transcripts,   and  computer/on-­‐line  records.  

ARSON The  willful  and  malicious  burning  of  or  attempt  to  burn  any  building  or  part  of   any  building  or  any  property  of  the  school  district.  

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Expulsion   for  at  least  180  days;  also  parent   contact  and  possible  referral  to   authorities.  

BOMB THREAT   The  deliberate  attempt  through  verbal  or  written  communication  to  disrupt   normal  school  operations  by  reporting  an  impending  threat  of  explosives  on   school  property  when  no  such  threat  exists.    

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Expulsion   up  to  180  days;  also  parent   contact  and  possible  referral  to   authorities.  

BULLYING Harassment  or  bullying  is  any  gesture  or  written,  verbal,  graphic  or  physical  act   (including  electronically  transmitted  acts  –  i.e.  internet,  cell  phone  or  wireless   handheld  device  )  that  is  reasonably  perceived  as  being  motivated  either  by  an   actual  or  perceived  characteristic,  such  as  race,  color,  religion,  ancestry,  national   origin,  gender,  sexual  orientation,  gender  identity  and  expression;  or  mental,   physical  or  sensory  disability  or  impairment  or  by  any  other  distinguishing   characteristic.  Such  behavior  is  considered  harassment  or  bullying  whether  it   takes  place  on  or  off  school  property,  at  any  school-­‐sponsored  function  or  in  a   school  vehicle.  The  conduct  must  be  directed  at  one  or  more  pupils;  substantially  

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MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Suspension   to  expulsion  and  possible  referral   to  authorities.  


interferes with  educational  opportunities,  benefits  or  programs  of  one  or  more   pupils;  adversely  affects  the  ability  of  a  pupil  to  participate  in  or  benefit  from  the   school’s  educational  programs  or  activities  by  placing  the  pupil  in  reasonable  fear   of  physical  harm  or  by  causing  emotional  distress;  and  is  based  on  a  pupil’s  actual   or  perceived  distinguishing  characteristic  or  is  based  on  an  association  with   another  person  who  has  or  is  perceived  to  have  any  of  these  characteristics.   Suspension  to  expulsion.  

CRIMINAL ACTS   The  act  of  committing  or  participating  in  any  conduct  or  act  defined  as  a  crime  by   federal  or  state  law  or  local  ordinance.  

Suspension to  expulsion.

CRIMINAL SEXUAL  CONDUCT   Violation  set  forth  in  Chapter  LXXVI  of  the  Michigan  Penal  Code  (MCL  750.520b  to   750520g).  

DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT   The  act  of  engaging  in  unwelcome  sexual  advances,  requests  for  sexual  favors,   or  other  verbal  or  physical  conduct  relating  to  a  person’s  gender,  race,  national   origin,  religion,  height,  weight,  marital  status,  handicap  or  disability  (ex.,  sexual   or  racial  comments,  threats  or  insults,  unwanted  sexual  touching,  etc.)  

DISRUPTION OF  SCHOOL    Inciting  and/or  contributing  to  the  disruption  of  the  educational  process   and/or  school-­‐sponsored  activities.  

DISTRIBUTION OF  PRINTED  MATERIAL   The  act  of  distributing  unauthorized  material  on  Academy  property.  

DRUGS/ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES,  SALE/DISTRIBUTION   The  sale,  distribution,  or  transfer  of  illegal  drugs,  look-­‐alike  drugs,  or  alcoholic   beverages.  

DRUGS/ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES,  POSSESSION  OR  USE  OF   Possession,  use,  or  under  the  influence  of  alcoholic,  illegal  drugs,  look-­‐alike   drugs,  or  other  substances  which  produce  irregular  or  abnormal  behavior.  

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion. Ten-­‐day  suspension;  also  parent   conference,  referral  to  civil   authorities,  &  possible  expulsion   up  to  180  days. Ten-­‐day  suspension;  also  parent   conference,  referral  to  civil   authorities.  

Suspension  to  expulsion.  

EXTORTION The  act  of  taking  or  attempting  to  take  any  money  or  things  of  value  from  a   student  in  school  in  the  presence  of  either  an  implied  or  expressed  threat.  

FALSE ALARM   The  intentional  act  of  initiating  or  participating  in  the  setting  of  a  false  fire   alarm  or  making  a  false  fire,  bomb,  or  catastrophe  report.  

FALSE ALLEGATIONS   The  act  of  libel  or  slander  or  to  make  false  allegations  against  another  student,  

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MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Five-­‐day   suspension,  and  possible  referral   to  civil  authorities. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.


academy staff  members,  Board  of  Education  members,  or  volunteers.  

FIGHTING The  act  of  engaging  with  another  person  in  bodily  contact  in  a  physically   threatening  and/or  destructive  manner.  

FIREWORKS/EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS,  USE  OF   Use  of  fireworks,  explosive  materials,  or  smoke-­‐producing  devices.  

FIREWORKS/EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS,  POSSESSION   Possession  of  fireworks,  explosive  materials,  or  smoke-­‐producing  devices.  

FIREWORKS/EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS,  DISTRIBUTION   Distribution  of  fireworks,  explosive  materials,  or  smoke-­‐producing  devices.  

FORGERY The  act  of  fraudulently  using,  in  writing,  the  name  of  another  person  or   falsifying  times,  dates,  grades,  addresses,  or  other  data  on  school  forms,   documents,  or  stickers.  

GAMBLING The  act  of  playing  any  game  of  chance  for  money  or  valuables,  including  but  not   limited  to  card  and  dice  playing.  

GANG ACTIVITY   A  group  of  two  or  more  persons  whose  purposes  or  activities  include  the   commission  of  illegal  acts  or  violation  of  Academy  rules  and/or  policies.  

GROSS DISRESPECT   Willful  and  extreme  rudeness  directed  toward  school  employees  or  other   adults,  including  derogatory  remarks  and  obscene  gestures.  

HAZING Any  activity  which  endangers  the  physical  safety  of  a  student  produces  mental   or  physical  discomfort,  causes  embarrassment  or  fright,  or  degrades  the   student.    

IMPROPER  COMMUNICATION   The  act  of  making  threatening,  annoying,  nuisance,  vulgar,  and/or  obscene   communications  -­‐-­‐  verbally,  in  writing,  or  by  gestures  -­‐-­‐  to  any  students  or  staff.  

IMPROPER USE  OF  TECHNOLOGY   The  act  of  violating  the  “Acceptable  Use  Policy  and  Procedures”  student   contract  for  the  use  of  computers,  electronic  information,  resources,  or  other   technologies  (e.g.,  use  of  networks  operated  by  the  school  district,  etc.)  nor   shall  the  student  violate  the  verbal  or  written  directions  of  school  district   personnel  regarding  the  acceptable  use  of  computers  and  other  technologies.  

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Suspension to  expulsion.  (See   Physical  Assault)

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Five-­‐day   suspension  and  confiscation;  also   parental  contact. MINIMUM  PENALTY  –  One-­‐day   suspension  and  confiscation;  also   parental  contact. MINIMUM  PENALTY  –  Three-­‐day   suspension  and  confiscation;  also   parent  contact. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.


INDECENCY The  act  of  offending  against  commonly  recognized  standards  of  good  taste,   including  offensive  displays  of  affection  or  use  of  ethnically  offensive  language.  

INSUBORDINATION/FAILURE TO  COOPERATE   The  failure  to  respond  or  carry  out  a  reasonable  request  by  authorized  school   personnel.  

INTIMIDATION Interference  with  the  normal  school  operation  by  threat  of  force  or  violence.  

OBSCENITY/PROFANITY The  act  of  using  obscene  or  profane  language  by  pupils,  in  verbal  or  written   form  or  in  pictures,  caricatures,  or  obscene  gestures.  

PARAPHERNALIA Items  related  to  or  identified  with  the  use  of  alcohol,  tobacco  and/or  drugs,   including  but  not  limited  to  lighters,  matches,  pipes,  rolling  papers,  etc.  

PERSONAL PROTECTION  DEVICES   The  act  of  possessing,  attempting  to  possess,  handling,  or  transmitting  a   personal  protection  device  (e.g.,  pepper  gas,  mace,  stun  gun,  electric  shock   device,  etc.)  capable  of  inflicting  bodily  injury  or  causing  physical  discomfort  to   another  person.  

PETITIONS The  act  of  presenting  petitions  which  are  not  free  from  obscene  or  libelous   statements,  personal  attacks,  or  are  not  within  bounds  of  reasonable  conduct.  

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Confiscation   of  items;  also  possible  remittance   to  authorities. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

PHYSICAL ASSAULT  

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  

The willful,  unprovoked  striking,  physically  threatening  to  strike,  or  act  of   intentionally  injuring  any  student  or  employee.  

Against another  student:     suspension  or  expulsion  up  to  180   days. Against  a  school  employee,   contractor  or  volunteer:     permanent  expulsion  [MCL   380.1311a.]

PLAGIARISM The  act  of  using  another  person’s  ideas  or  writings  as  one’s  own.    Includes  the   copying  of  language,  structure,  idea,  and/or  thought  of  another  and   representing  it  as  one’s  own  original  work.  

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY   Includes  but  is  not  limited  to  the  actual  giving  or  receiving  of  any  unauthorized   aid  or  assistance  or  the  actual  giving  or  receiving  of  unfair  advantage  on  any   form  of  academic  work.  

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Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.


SMOKING

MINIMUM PENALTY-­‐

The act  of  using  cigarettes  or  other  tobacco  products  anywhere  on  school   property.    More  specifically:  smoking  in  the  building  at  any  age,  smoking  in   front  of  the  school  or  on  the  sides  of  the  building  at  any  age,  or  smoking  behind   the  school  building  at  any  age.  

1st offense:    Three-­‐day  suspension;   also  parent  contact  and  referral  to   civil  authorities.   2nd  offense:    Five-­‐day  suspension;   also  parent  contact  and  referral  to   civil  authorities. 3rd  offense:    Ten-­‐day  suspension;   also  parent  contact  and  referral  to   civil  authorities.

STEALING OR  KNOWING  POSSESSION  OF  STOLEN  PROPERTY   The  act  of  dishonestly  acquiring  the  property  of  others  and/or  knowing  and   concealing  the  location  or  possession  of  such  property.  

TOBACCO POSSESSION   The  act  of  possessing  cigarettes  or  other  tobacco  products.  

TRESPASSING/LOITERING The  act  of  prowling  or  loitering  on  foot,  in  a  motor  vehicle,  or  in  other  manner,   in  or  around  the  school  buildings  or  property  without  authorization.  

TRUANCY The  act  of  unauthorized  and  willful  absence  from  a  specific  class  or  school  for   any  period  of  time.  

UNAUTHORIZED PROTEST   The  act  of  protesting  which  results  in  disruption  of  the  school  without  the   authorization  of  a  principal.  

UNAUTHORIZED USE  OF  SCHOOL  EQUIPMENT   The  act  of  using  school  equipment  (e.g.,  fax  machines,  copiers,  computer   equipment,  laboratory  equipment,  athletic  supplies,  etc.)  in  any  unauthorized,   dangerous,  or  illegal  fashion.  

UNLAWFUL DISRUPTION  OF  EDUCATIONAL  PROCESS   Including  but  not  limited  to  an  act  of  violence,  in  possession  of  a  weapon,   alcohol  or  drugs,  or  any  act  that  interrupts  the  learning  process.   (UNLAWFUL  DISRUPTION  OF  EDUCATIONAL  PROCESS  CONT’D)  

VANDALISM The  act  of  willful  destruction  of  property  belonging  to  others  or  the  destruction,   damage,  or  defacement  of  school  property.  

VERBAL ASSAULT   Any  act,  oral  or  written,  which  can  reasonably  be  expected  to  induce  another  

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Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Verbal   warning  and  confiscation. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Possible suspension  or  expulsion   up  to  180  days;  suspended  from   all  after  school  activities  for  90   days  or  more;  referral  to  civil   authorities,  and  possible   transportation  to  police  station. Administrative  intervention  to   expulsion.

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Suspension   or  expulsion  up  to  180  days.


person to  be  in  apprehension  of  danger  of  bodily  injury  or  harm,  or  the  use  of   offensive  language  directed  at  a  person  where  such  language  is  likely  to   provoke  a  reasonable  person  to  physical  violence.  

VIOLATIONS OF  BUILDING’S  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS   The  act  of  committing  or  participating  in  any  conduct  or  act  prohibited  by  a   school  building’s  rules  or  regulations.  

WEAPONS-­‐USE/POSSESSION The  act  of  possessing,  using,  or  threatening  to  use  any  weapon,  any  reasonable   weapon-­‐like  tool,  or  any  instrument  capable  of  inflicting  bodily  injury.    Includes   look-­‐a-­‐like  weapons.  

WEAPONS-­‐DANGEROUS A  firearm,  dagger,  dirk,  stiletto,  knife  with  a  blade  over  three  inches  in  length,   pocket  knife  opened  by  a  mechanical  device,  iron  bar,  brass  knuckles,  or  an   automobile  or  motorized  vehicle.  

CELL PHONES,  PAGERS,  OTHER  ELECTRONIC  COMMUNICATION  DEVICES   Pocket  pagers,  cell  phones,  radios,  televisions,  audio  devices,  or  recording   equipment  in  possession  without  permission  from  the  building  principal.  

Administrative intervention  to   expulsion.

Possession:  Confiscation,   suspension  or  expulsion  up  to  180   days  and  parent  contact;  referral   to  civil  authorities. Use:    Expulsion  from  school,   parent  contact,  and  referral  to  civil   authorities. Permanent  expulsion  pursuant  to   MCL  380.1311.

MINIMUM PENALTY  –  Confiscation   and  possible  remittance  to   authorities.

RANGE OF  PENALTIES   These  disciplinary  penalties  are  not  to  be  construed  as  an  all-­‐inclusive  list.    They  are  not  intended  to  limit  the   authority  of  school  officials  to  deal  appropriately  either  with  violations  of  an  individual  school  building’s  rules   and  regulations  or  with  other  types  of  conduct  which  interfere  with  the  good  order  of  the  school  system,  the   proper  functioning  of  the  educational  process,  or  the  health  and  safety  of  students.  

Suspensions and  Expulsions  in  General   The  Revised  School  Code  provides  each  school  board  with  the  authority  to  establish  a  local  discipline   policy.  Each  local  school  board  has  the  authority  to  make  reasonable  regulations  relative  to  anything   necessary  for  the  proper  establishment,  maintenance  and  management  of  the  schools  in  the  district.   Districts  shall  develop  and  implement  a  code  of  student  conduct  and  enforce  its  provisions  with  regard  to   a  pupil’s  misconduct  in  a  classroom,  elsewhere  on  school  premises,  on  a  school  bus  or  other  school-­‐ related  vehicle,  or  at  a  school  sponsored  activity  or  event  whether  or  not  it  is  held  on  school  premises.   Students  guilty  of  gross  misdemeanor  or  persistent  disobedience  may  be  suspended  or  expelled.  A  local   or  intermediate  school  district  or  a  public  school  academy  must  develop  and  implement  a  code  of   student  conduct  and  enforce  the  provisions  of  that  code  regarding  misconduct  [MCL  380.11a,  380.1311,   380.1312].  

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Due Process   Fairness  dictates  that  students  be  given  notice  of  the  types  of  conduct  which  are  prohibited  and  the   potential  consequences  of  the  misconduct.  A  school’s  rules  and  procedures  for  suspending  or  expelling  a   student  should  be  outlined  in  the  handbook  adopted  by  the  local  board  of  education.   •

Suspension–10 Days  or  Less   For  a  suspension  of  10  days  or  less,  a  student  is  entitled  to  minimal  due  process  protections,   including  oral  or  written  notice  of  the  accusation(s),  what  disciplinary  measures  are  being   proposed,  and  an  opportunity  to  respond.  If  feasible,  the  notice  and  hearing  should  precede  the   student’s  removal  from  school.  If  the  student’s  presence  poses  a  danger  to  persons  or  property   or  threatens  to  disrupt  the  academic  process,  prior  notice  and  hearing  may  not  be  feasible.  In   this  case,  a  hearing  should  follow  the  student’s  removal  from  school  as  soon  as  possible.  

Suspension –  More  Than  10  Days  and  Expulsions   A  more  formal  due  process  procedure  is  required  when  serious  disciplinary  measures  are  alleged   against  a  student.  The  student  shall  be  given  reasonable  time  to  prepare  for  the  hearing.  The   person  conducting  the  disciplinary  hearing  must  be  impartial.  The  board  of  education,  a  school   administrator  or  disciplinary  panel  may  conduct  the  hearing  as  long  as  they  are  truly  impartial.  

Students with  Disabilities   Students  with  disabilities  are  afforded  specific  due  process  protection  in  cases  of  suspension  or   expulsion  under  state  and  federal  law.  For  further  information,  contact  your  local  or   intermediate  special  education  director  or  the  Office  of  Special  Education  and  Early  Intervention   Services  at  (517)  373-­‐0923  or  toll-­‐free  at  (888)  320-­‐8384.  

Michigan Department  of  Education  -­‐  http://www.michigan.gov/studentissues  

Types of  Suspensions  and  Expulsions   Michigan  Law  requires  a  school  district  to  permanently  expel  a  student  who  possesses  a  dangerous   weapon,  commits  arson  or  criminal  sexual  conduct.  Subsequent  laws  were  enacted  that  allow  a  one-­‐day   snap  suspension  by  a  teacher  for  a  student  who  creates  a  safety  threat;  requires  school  districts  to   suspend  or  expel  a  student  for  up  to  180  school  days  who  commits  a  physical  assault  against  another   student;  requires  that  a  student  be  suspended  or  expelled  for  a  verbal  assault  or  a  bomb  threat;  and   requires  a  student  who  commits  a  physical  assault  against  a  school  employee  or  volunteer  to  be   permanently  expelled.  The  following  information  describes  the  law.   •

Weapons, Arson  or  Criminal  Sexual  Conduct  Expulsion   School  districts  are  required  to  permanently  expel  a  student  who  possesses  a  dangerous  weapon,   commits  arson,  or  criminal  sexual  conduct  [MCL  380.1311].  Information  on  Expulsions  Due  to   Weapons,  Arson,  and  Criminal  Sexual  Conduct  is  available  at  www.michigan.gov/studentissues.  

Teacher “Snap”  Suspension   A  teacher  may  suspend  a  student  from  the  classroom  for  up  to  one  day  if  the  student  creates  a  safety   threat  as  defined  by  local  policy.  The  policy  shall  be  adopted  as  part  of  the  school  district’s  code  of  

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student conduct  and  specify  the  types  of  behavior  for  which  a  student  may  be  suspended.  If  a   student  is  retained  in  the  school  he  or  she  must  be  under  appropriate  supervision.  A  parent-­‐teacher   conference  shall  follow  the  suspension  as  soon  as  possible  and  may  include  a  school  counselor,   school  psychologist,  or  school  social  worker.  A  student  may  return  that  school  day  to  the  classroom,   subject  or  activity  for  which  he  or  she  was  suspended,  with  the  concurrence  of  the  teacher  and  the   school  principal  [MCL  380.1309].   •

Verbal Assault  and  Bomb  Threats   A  student  in  grade  6  or  above  who  commits  verbal  assault,  as  defined  by  school  board  policy,  against   an  employee  or  volunteer  of  a  school  district  or  makes  a  bomb  threat  or  similar  threat  at  a  school   building,  other  school  property,  or  a  school-­‐related  event,  shall  be  suspended  or  expelled  for  a  period   of  time  as  determined  by  the  school  board  or  its  designee.  The  school  board  policy  should  include  the   types  of  behavior  for  which  a  student  who  commits  verbal  assault,  or  makes  a  bomb  threat  or  similar   threat,  would  be  suspended  or  expelled.  The  term  “verbal  assault”  would  need  to  be  defined  by  the   school  district’s  local  policy  [MCL  380.1311a].  The  United  States  District  Court  ruled  that  the  verbal   assault  law  unlawfully  prohibits  students’  speech  that  is  protected  by  the  First  Amendment  [Smith  v   Mount  Pleasant  Public  Schools,  E  Dist.  Mich,  2003].  

Physical Assault  -­‐  Student  to  Student   A  student  in  grade  6  or  above  who  commits  physical  assault  against  another  student  shall  be   suspended  or  expelled  for  up  to  180  school  days  by  the  school  board  or  its  designee  if  the  physical   assault  is  reported  to  the  school  board,  superintendent,  or  principal.  The  term  “physical  assault”   means  “intentionally  causing  or  attempting  to  cause  physical  harm  to  another  through  force  or   violence”  [MCL  380.1310].   Michigan  Department  of  Education  -­‐  http://www.michigan.gov/studentissues  

Physical Assault  -­‐  Student  to  Employee  or  Volunteer   A  student  in  grade  6  or  above  who  commits  a  physical  assault  against  an  employee  or  a  volunteer  of   a  district,  at  school  or  on  school  grounds,  shall  be  expelled  permanently,  subject  to  possible   reinstatement  provided  for  in  the  law.  The  term  “physical  assault”  means  “intentionally  causing  or   attempting  to  cause  physical  harm  to  another  through  force  or  violence”  [MCL  380.1311a].   If  a  student  is  permanently  expelled  pursuant  to  section  380.1311a,  the  expelling  school  district  must   enter  that  fact  on  the  student’s  permanent  record.  Within  3  days  of  permanently  expelling  a  student   an  official  of  the  school  district  must  refer  the  student  to  the  appropriate  county  department  of   social  services  or  county  community  mental  health  agency.  Notification  of  this  referral  must  be  given   by  the  school  district  official  to  the  expelled  student  if  he  or  she  is  at  least  18  years  of  age  or  is  an   emancipated  minor,  or  to  the  student’s  parent  or  legal  guardian.  

Petitioning for  Reinstatement   Although  the  law  calls  for  the  “permanent”  expulsion  of  a  student  who  commits  a  physical  assault  against   an  employee  or  a  volunteer  of  a  district,  at  school  or  on  school  grounds,  subsection  (5)  provides  a   process  for  petitioning  for  reinstatement  to  school.  It  is  the  responsibility  of  the  petitioning  person  (a  

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parent, legal  guardian,  or  the  expelled  student  if  he  or  she  is  at  least  18  years  of  age  or  is  an  emancipated   minor),  to  prepare  and  submit  the  petition  for  reinstatement.  The  school  board  is  not  required  to  assist   in  the  preparation  of  the  petition.  If  a  petition  form  is  requested  by  a  person  wishing  to  be  reinstated,   the  school  board  must  make  the  petition  form  available.   A  parent,  legal  guardian,  or  the  student  (if  he  or  she  is  at  least  18  years  of  age  or  an  emancipated  minor)   may  initiate  a  petition  any  time  after  150  school  days  following  the  date  of  expulsion.  A  student  may  be   reinstated  180  school  days  following  the  date  of  expulsion.  The  local  school  board  may  include  conditions   in  a  petition  for  reinstatement.  If  the  expelling  school  board  denies  a  petition  for  reinstatement,  the   petitioner  may  petition  another  school  board  for  reinstatement.  The  following  timelines  and  procedures   apply  to  reinstatement.   •

Committee Review  and  Recommendation   Within  10  school  days  after  receiving  a  petition  for  reinstatement,  the  school  board  must  appoint  a   committee  comprised  of  two  school  board  members,  one  school  administrator,  one  teacher,  and  one   parent  of  a  student  in  the  school  district  to  review  the  petition  and  any  supporting  information   submitted  by  the  petitioner.  During  this  time,  the  superintendent  may  prepare  and  submit   information  concerning  the  circumstances  of  the  expulsion  and  any  factors  weighing  in  favor  of  or   against  reinstatement.   Not  later  than  10  school  days  after  being  appointed,  the  committee  must  review  the  petition  and   supporting  information  together  with  information  provided  by  the  school  district  and  submits  a   recommendation  to  the  school  board.  The  committee  may  recommend  unconditional  reinstatement,   conditional  reinstatement,  or  against  reinstatement.  The  recommendation  must  be  accompanied  by   an  explanation  of  the  reasons  for  the  recommendation.  If  the  recommendation  is  for  conditional   reinstatement,  it  must  include  any  recommended  conditions.   The  committee’s  recommendation  must  be  based  on  all  of  the  following  factors:  

1. The extent  to  which  reinstatement  of  the  student  would  create  a  risk  of  harm  to  pupils  or   school  personnel.   2. The  extent  to  which  reinstatement  would  create  a  risk  of  school  district  or  individual  liability   for  the  school  board  or  school  district  personnel.   3. The  age  and  maturity  of  the  individual.   4. The  student’s  school  record  before  the  incident  that  caused  the  expulsion.   5. The  student’s  attitude  concerning  the  incident  that  caused  the  expulsion.   6. The  student’s  behavior  since  the  expulsion  and  the  prospects  for  remediation.   7. If  the  petition  was  filed  by  a  parent  or  legal  guardian,  the  degree  of  cooperation  and  support   that  has  been  provided  by,  and  that  can  be  expected  from,  that  person  if  the  student  is   reinstated,  including,  but  not  limited  to,  receptiveness  toward  possible  conditions  placed  on   the  reinstatement.   School  Board  Decision   After   receiving   the   committee’s   recommendation,   the   school   board   must   make   a   decision   no   later   than  the  next  regularly-­‐scheduled  board  meeting.  The  school  board  must  decide  to  reinstate  the    

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student, conditionally  reinstate  the  student,  or  deny  reinstatement.   Before   conditionally   reinstating   the   student,   a   school   board   may   require   a   student   and   the   parent   or   legal   guardian   to   agree   in   writing   to   specific   conditions.   The   conditions   may   include,   but   are   not   limited  to,  the  following:   1. Agreement  to  a  behavior  contract  which  may  involve  the  student,  parent  or  legal  guardian,   and  an  outside  agency;   2. Participation  in,  or  completion  of,  an  anger  management  program  or  other  appropriate   counseling;   3. Periodic  progress  reviews;  and   4. Specified  immediate  consequences  for  failure  to  abide  by  a  condition.   The  law  provides  that  the  decision  of  the  school  board  is  final.  

THE APPEAL  PROCESS     Discipline  Cases  Other  than  Expulsion   In  all  cases  where  disciplinary  sanctions  have  been  imposed,  a  student  and/or  his/her  parent  has  the   right  to  a  hearing  with  the  appropriate  administrator.    Hearings  on  appeal  need  not  repeat  matters  or   procedures  accomplished  at  a  prior  hearing.    In  cases  involving  suspension  of  five  days  or  less,  the   principal’s  decision  is  final.    In  cases  involving  suspension  of  more  than  five  days,  but  no  more  than  ten   days,  the  parent  or  adult  student  may  appeal  such  decision  to  the  designee  of  GEE  within  five  school  days   following  the  principal’s  decision.    The  decision  of  GEE  is  final.    In  cases  involving  a  suspension  of  more   than  ten  days,  but  not  more  than  thirty  days,  the  parent  may  appeal  such  decision  to  the  Board  within   five  school  days  following  the  decision  of  GEE  or  its  designee.    The  Board  shall  affirm  or  modify  the   decision  of  GEE  in  writing  within  five  school  days  from  hearing  the  appeal.    The  Board’s  decision  is  final.  

Appeal of  Expulsion  Cases   The  decision  of  the  Board  to  expel  is  final.    However,  it  shall  be  the  prerogative  of  the  Board,  upon   receiving  written  request,  to  grant  a  second  hearing  before  the  Board  if,  in  its  judgment,  such  a  hearing  is   justified.    Such  hearings,  if  held,  shall  be  conducted  in  accordance  with  state  law  and  School  Code.  

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Global Educational  Excellence  Schools   Parent-­‐Student  Title  I  Compact   2012-­‐2013   The  GEE  Schools  and  the  parents  of  the  students  participating  in  the  activities,  services,  and  programs  funded   by  Title  I,  Part  A  of  the  Elementary  and  Secondary  Education  Act  (ESEA)  and  participating  children,  agree  that   this  compact  outlines  how  the  parents,  the  entire  school  staff,  and  the  students  will  share  the  responsibility   for  improved  academic  achievement  and  the  means  by  which  the  school  and  parents  will  build  and  develop  a   partnership  that  will  help  children  achieve  the  state’s  high  standards.      

School Responsibilities   The  Global  Educational  Excellence  Schools  will:   1. Provide  high-­‐quality  curriculum  and  instruction  in  a  supportive  and  effective  learning  environment   that  enables  the  participating  children  to  meet  the  state’s  student  academic  achievement  standards.   2. Curriculum  maps  will  be  available  to  parents,  which  state  the  curriculum  content  and  aligned  state   standards.   3. Hold  Parent/Teacher  Conferences  during  which  this  compact  will  be  discussed  as  it  relates  to  the   individual  child’s  achievement.  These  conferences  will  be  held:   • In  the  Fall  at  Parent/Teacher  Conferences   • In  the  Spring  at  the  Portfolio  Review   • Whenever  a  parent  wishes  for  a  conference  with  a  teacher   4. Provide  parents  with  frequent  reports  on  their  child’s  progress.  Specifically,  the  school  will  provide   the  following  reports:   • At  the  end  of  each  nine  week  period  (report  cards)   • MEAP/MME  results  when  received  from  the  state   5. Provide  parents  reasonable  access  to  staff.  Particularly,  staff  will  be  available  for  consultation  with   parents:   • Parents  may  call  the  office  and  request  to  talk  to  a  teacher.  If  the  teacher  is  unavailable,   parents  can  leave  their  name  and  number,  and  their  call  will  be  returned.   • Parents  may  set  up  an  appointment  to  discuss  their  child’s  progress  at  any  time  throughout  the   school  year.   6. GEE  schools  have  Open  Door  Policies,  in  which,  parents  may  come  and  visit  when  they  request.  We   must  follow  outlined  policy  and  procedures,  having  parents  sign  in  at  the  front  office  and  receive  a   visitor’s  badge.  We  want  to  maintain  an  environment  conducive  to  learning  and  ask  that  parents   respect  our  protected  instructional  time  by  giving  the  school  prior  notice  before  entering  a   classroom.  GEE  schools  will  provide  parents  opportunities  to  volunteer  and  participate  in  their  child’s   class,  and  to  observe  classroom  activities  through:   • P.T.O.  (Parent-­‐Teacher  Organization)   • Field  Trips   • Mentoring   • Assisting  teachers  with  classroom  activities

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Parent Responsibilities      We,  as  parents,  will  support  our  children’s  learning  by:   • Monitoring  attendance.   • Making  sure  that  homework  is  completed.   • Promoting  positive  use  of  my  child’s  extracurricular  time  by  monitoring  the  amount  of  electronic   usage  (television,  computer,  video  games)  our  children  utilize.   • Attending  school  functions  and  conferences.   • Participating,  as  appropriate,  in  decisions  relating  to  my  children’s  education.   • Promoting  positive  use  of  my  child’s  extracurricular  time.   • Encouraging  my  child  to  demonstrate  respect  for  school  personnel,  his/her  classmates,  and  school   property.   • Staying  informed  about  my  child's  education  and  communicating  with  the  school  by  promptly   reading  all  notices  from  the  school  or  the  school  district  either  received  by  my  child  or  by  mail  and   responding,  as  appropriate.    

Student Responsibilities  (Parents,  please  read  with  your  child)   We,  as  students,  will  share  the  responsibility  to  improve  our  academic  achievement  and  achieve  the  state’s   high  standards  by:   • Completing  assigned  homework  every  day  and  ask  for  help  when  I  need  to.   • Attending  school  regularly  and  on  time.     • Developing  a  positive  attitude  toward  school.   • Being  a  cooperative  learner  and  carry  out  the  teacher’s  instructions  and  directions.     •  Give  to  my  parents  or  the  adult  who  is  responsible  for  my  welfare  all  notices  and  information   received  by  me  from  my  school  every  day.   • Adhere  to  anti-­‐bullying  policy  and  the  GEE  School  District  Code  of  Conduct.  

Superintendent’s  Signature:  _________________________________________  Date:  ___/____/_______   Parent/Legal   Guardian   Signature:   ______________________________________   Date:   ___/____/_______

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Parent/Student Acknowledgment  of  Receipt  of     Family  &  Student  Handbook  and  Code  of  Conduct   I   confirm   that   I   have   received   and   reviewed   a   copy   of   the   GEE   Student/Parent   Handbook   &   Code   of   Conduct  with  my  child.   I   understand   that   this   handbook   is   designed   to   acquaint   me   with   the   current   Academy   Policies   and   Procedures  that  govern  students  attending  the  Academy.   I  understand  that  GEE  and/or  the  Academy  Board  reserves  the  right  to  interpret,  modify,  or  eliminate  any   of   the   policies   and   procedures   at   any   time,   and   that   if   there   are   changes   made,   that   they   will   be   made   available  to  the  public.   As  a  recipient  of  this  handbook  I  understand  that  I  am  responsible  for  knowing  its  contents  and  ensuring   that  my  child  understands  its  contents.    I  understand  that  I  may  contact  the  Academy  Leader  at  any  time  to   ask  for  explanation  or  clarification  of  any  policy  or  procedure  contained  herein.   I  understand  that  this  version  of  GEE’s  Parent  &  Student  Handbook  &  Code  of  Conduct  supersedes  any  and   all  prior  Parent/Student  Handbooks  I  may  have  received.   I  understand  that  this  handbook  is  an  extension  of  the  Academy’s  adopted  Board  Policies  and  Procedures   which  I  can  review  at  any  time  in  the  Academy  office  or  on  the  Academy  website,  and  that  this  handbook   is  not,  nor  is  it  meant  to  be,  a  complete  rendition  of  the  Academy’s  Policies  and  Procedures.   I  understand  that  I  am  required  to  return  this  signed  acknowledgement  to  my  child’s  teacher  before  the   third   week   of   school   and   that   if   I   fail   to   return   this   form,   it   can   result   in   my   child   not   being   able   to   participate  in  school  activities  until  it  is  received.     Print  Parent/Legal  Guardian  Name:  ______________________________________  Date:  ___/____/_______   Sign  Parent/Legal  Guardian  Name:  ________________________________________________________     Print  Student  Name:  ______________________________________________  Date:  ___/____/_______   Sign  Student  Name:  ___________________________________________________________________     Academy:  ___________________________________________________________________________     Teacher:  _______________________________________________________  Grade:  ______________  

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[This copy  is  to  be  signed  and  returned  to  the  Academy  Administration  office]  

Parent/Student Acknowledgment  of  Receipt  of     Family  &  Student  Handbook  and  Code  of  Conduct   I   confirm   that   I   have   received   and   reviewed   a   copy   of   the   GEE   Student/Parent   Handbook   &   Code   of   Conduct  with  my  child.   I   understand   that   this   handbook   is   designed   to   acquaint   me   with   the   current   Academy   Policies   and   Procedures  that  govern  students  attending  the  Academy.   I  understand  that  GEE  and/or  the  Academy  Board  reserves  the  right  to  interpret,  modify,  or  eliminate  any   of   the   policies   and   procedures   at   any   time,   and   that   if   there   are   changes   made,   that   they   will   be   made   available  to  the  public.   As  a  recipient  of  this  handbook  I  understand  that  I  am  responsible  for  knowing  its  contents  and  ensuring   that  my  child  understands  its  contents.    I  understand  that  I  may  contact  the  Academy  Leader  at  any  time  to   ask  for  explanation  or  clarification  of  any  policy  or  procedure  contained  herein.   I  understand  that  this  version  of  GEE’s  Parent  &  Student  Handbook  &  Code  of  Conduct  supersedes  any  and   all  prior  Parent/Student  Handbooks  I  may  have  received.   I  understand  that  this  handbook  is  an  extension  of  the  Academy’s  adopted  Board  Policies  and  Procedures   which  I  can  review  at  any  time  in  the  Academy  office  or  on  the  Academy  website,  and  that  this  handbook   is  not,  nor  is  it  meant  to  be,  a  complete  rendition  of  the  Academy’s  Policies  and  Procedures.   I  understand  that  I  am  required  to  return  this  signed  acknowledgement  to  my  child’s  teacher  before  the   third   week   of   school   and   that   if   I   fail   to   return   this   form,   it   can   result   in   my   child   not   being   able   to   participate  in  school  activities  until  it  is  received.     Print  Parent/Legal  Guardian  Name:  ______________________________________  Date:  ___/____/_______   Sign  Parent/Legal  Guardian  Name:  ________________________________________________________     Print  Student  Name:  ______________________________________________  Date:  ___/____/_______   Sign  Student  Name:  ___________________________________________________________________     Academy:  ___________________________________________________________________________     Teacher:  _______________________________________________________  Grade:  ______________  

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GEE Academies Family/Student Handbook and Code of Conduct K-12  

GEE Academies Family/Student Handbook and Code of Conduct K-12